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Whose resilience? Resilience and regime strength in EU-Azerbaijan relations

Van Gils, Eske (2019) Whose resilience? Resilience and regime strength in EU-Azerbaijan relations. In: Rouet, Gilles and Pascariu, Gabriela, eds. Resilience and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood Countries: From Theoretical Concepts to a Normative Agenda. Palgrave Macmillan. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The EU has deepened its resilience-building policy substantially in recent years, expanding the scope of the concept and applying it to its external relations. However, as with many policies, the actual implementation may face difficulties. This chapter reflects on the challenges posed to resilience-building in states with authoritarian regimes, due to the inevitable contradictions between elite interests and interests of society as a whole. Using the case study of Azerbaijan, the chapter argues that the EU will have to be cautious to avoid strengthening the resilience of this regime, rather than the intended inclusive resilience of society at large. The chapter addresses societal, political, and economic resilience as dimensions that would benefit citizens of Azerbaijan. For each of these dimensions, the potential pitfalls are discussed, followed by some conclusions about how societal interests can be secured.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Azerbaijan, European Union, regime resilience, Eastern Partnership, civil society, political opposition
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Eske Van Gils
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 15:54 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 15:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75474 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Van Gils, Eske: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5656-9517
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