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The Political and the ENP: rethinking the EU relations with the eastern region

Korosteleva, Elena and Merheim-Eyre, Igor (2016) The Political and the ENP: rethinking the EU relations with the eastern region. In: Gstöhl, Sieglinde and Schunz, Simon, eds. Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 978-1-138-20479-9. (KAR id:59638)


Drawing on Jenny Edkins’ post-structuralist interpretation of ‘politics’ and ‘the political’, this chapter offers a new conceptual account of the stagnated relations between the European Union and the eastern region. Part of the difficulty, as this chapter argues, is the EU’s failure to imagine a new social order, which would give a relational value to the Other, and become more accommodating of the neighbours’ diverse and different world views. The chapter problematizes power relations as a process of ‘othering’ in order to re-conceptualize them via the key notions of ‘differentiation’, conceived as distinction rather than deviation, and ‘normalization’, seen as the interplay between different normalities. It argues for bringing ‘the political’ back in as an opportunity to imagine and legitimize contesting social orders.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: ENP, Eatern partnership, politics, the political, EU, Ukraine, Russia
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 12:24 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:35 UTC
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