Navigating in-between the EU and Russia

Dembińska, M. and Smith, D. (2021) Navigating in-between the EU and Russia. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 62(3), pp. 247-263. (doi: 10.1080/15387216.2021.1932544)

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Abstract

This Special Issue examines the ways states, regions, de facto states and local actors situated in-between the EU and Russia cope with the competitive external pressure coming from the two regional powers. States, diverse groups and actors in this overlapping neighborhood navigate between varied economic and political integration projects and between different values, ideas and visions of society. This introductory article, first, contextualizes this “inside-out” perspective by presenting the nature of the current EU and Russian projects vis-à-vis the region, how they clash and how this puts regional actors in a state of “in-betweenness”. Then, it unpacks the concept of “navigation” by outlining the ways local actors at different levels of domestic governance studied in the contributions to this Special Issue respond to and manage areas of contestation relating to issues such as citizenship politics, minority rights, and political and trade strategies. The role of elite agency serves as a central thread running across the contributions. Caught “in-between” Russia and the EU, domestic actors, be it at national or sub-national level, navigate while adjusting to the external pressures, negotiating and appropriating external discourses. In the process, constraints are often turned into opportunities for the local actors to exploit.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the European Commission, Erasmus+, Jean Monnet [587329-EPP-1-2017-1-CA-EPPJMO-NETWORK].
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor David
Authors: Dembińska, M., and Smith, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Eurasian Geography and Economics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1938-2863
ISSN (Online):1938-2863
Published Online:11 June 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Eurasian Geography and Economics 62(3):247-263
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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