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Paradigmatic or Critical? Resilience as a New Turn in EU Governance for the Neighbourhood

Korosteleva, Elena (2018) Paradigmatic or Critical? Resilience as a New Turn in EU Governance for the Neighbourhood. Journal of International Relations and Development, . ISSN 1408-6980. (doi:10.1057/s41268-018-0155-z)

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Abstract

Rising from the margins of EU aid documents, resilience became a centrepiece of the 2016 EU Global Security Strategy, especially in relation to the neighbourhood. While new resilience-thinking may signify another paradigmatic shift in EU modus operandi, the question that emerges is whether it is critical enough to render EU governance a new turn, to make it sustainable? This article argues that in order for resilience-framed governance to become more effective, the EU needs not just engage with ‘the local’ by way of externally enabling their communal capacity. More crucially, the EU needs to understand resilience for what it is – a self-governing project – to allow ‘the local’ an opportunity to grow their own critical infrastructures and collective agency, in their pursuit of ‘good life’. Is the EU ready for this new thinking, and not just rhetorically or even methodologically when creating new instruments and subjectivities? The bigger question is whether the EU is prepared to critically turn the corner of its neoliberal agenda to accommodate emergent collective rationalities of self-governance as a key to make its peace-building project more successful.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/s41268-018-0155-z
Uncontrolled keywords: European Union, resilience-thinking, governance, self-governance, eastern neighbourhood
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: 18 Apr 2018 16:08 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66788 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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