The EU, Russia and the Eastern Region: the analytics of government for sustainable cohabitation

Korosteleva, Elena (2016) The EU, Russia and the Eastern Region: the analytics of government for sustainable cohabitation. Cooperation and Conflict, 51 (3). pp. 365-383. ISSN 0010-8367. E-ISSN 1460-3691. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0010836716631778) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper applies the Foucauldian premise of governmentality and the analytics of government framework to demonstrate how exclusive modalities of power – of the European Union (EU) and Russia – and their competing rationalities relate, intersect and become, counter-intuitively, inextricable in their exercise of governance over the eastern eighbourhood. This particular approach focuses on power as a process to gauge the prospects for compatibility and cohabitation between the EU and Russia. Using original primary evidence, this paper contends that cohabitation between these two exclusive power modalities is possible and even inevitable, if they were to legitimise their influence over the contested eastern region. It also exposes a fundamental flaw in the existing power systems, as demonstrated so vividly in the case of Ukraine – that is, a neglect for the essential value of freedom in fostering subjection to one’s authority, and the role of ‘the other’ in shaping the EU–Russian power relations in the contested region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Analytics of government, eastern neighbourhood, European Union–Russia relations, governmentality, incompatible rationalities
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2016 11:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54565 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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