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From logic of competition to conflict: understanding the dynamics of EU-Russia relations

Casier, Tom (2016) From logic of competition to conflict: understanding the dynamics of EU-Russia relations. Contemporary Politics, 22 (3). pp. 376-394. ISSN 1356-9775. (doi:10.1080/13569775.2016.1201311) (KAR id:55866)


To understand the gradual worsening of EU–Russia relations in the decade preceding the Ukraine crisis, it is essential to understand the dynamics of their interaction. This article divides EU–Russia relations into three stages on the basis of changing intergroup dynamics: asymmetrical cooperation (1992–2003), pragmatic but increasing competition (2004–2013) and conflict (2013–present). It draws on the concept of ‘attributional bias’ to explain the escalating logic of competition during the second stage. The EU and Russia started to attribute each other negative geopolitical intentions up to the point where these images became so dominant that they interpreted each other’s behaviour almost exclusively in terms of these images, rather than on the basis of their actual behaviour. With the Ukraine crisis, EU–Russia relations changed from competition over institutional arrangements in the neighbourhood and over normative hegemony to conflict over direct control.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13569775.2016.1201311
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 13:07 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:29 UTC
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