Normative power in the eastern neighbourhood

Gergana Noutcheva*

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This chapter examines the relevance of normative power in the European Union's (EU) and Russia’s policies in the eastern neighbourhood. Much of the literature examines the escalation of the tensions between the EU and Russia in the eastern neighbourhood through the prism of geopolitics, and interprets regional political and economic trends as a consequence of strategic action and hard power politics. This chapter offers a more nuanced understanding of the EU–Russia contestation in Eastern Europe by zooming in on the normative clash between them. The chapter argues that the normative competition between the two actors over visions of political governance and regional economic integration is central to understanding the politics of confrontation in the eastern neighbourhood and the domestic struggle for good governance in the countries concerned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Making of European Security Policy
EditorsRoberta N. Haar, Thomas Christiansen, Sabina Lange, Sophie Vanhoonacker
Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003032335
ISBN (Print)9780367469689
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2021

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Studies in European Security and Strategy


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