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Eastern Partnership: bringing 'the political' back in

Korosteleva, Elena (2017) Eastern Partnership: bringing 'the political' back in. East European Politics, 33 (3). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2159-9165. E-ISSN 2159-9173. (doi:10.1080/21599165.2017.1340882) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Drawing on Edkins’ (1999) interpretation of ‘politics’ and ‘the political’, this article conceptually rethinks the Eastern Partnership agenda. Part of the problem, as this article 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 their diverse and different world: and not by way of disciplining it to the EU purported standards, but rather by way of aligning differences to a mutually agreeable ‘normal’. The article thus problematises power relations as a process of ‘othering’, in order to re-conceptualise them via the key notions of differentiation conceived as distinction rather than deviation, and normalisation, seen as the interplay between different normalities. The article argues for bringing ‘the political’ (Edkins 1999) back in as an opportunity for debate and legitimation of contesting social orders.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/21599165.2017.1340882
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] UPTAKE: Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at Tartu, Uppsala and Kent
Uncontrolled keywords: European Union, new social order, othering, differentiation, normalisation, Eastern Partnership, regional powers
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 11:50 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:42 UTC
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