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Lost in translation?: Political elites and the interpretative values gap in the EU’s neighbourhood policies
University of Glasgow, UK.
Maastricht University.
University of Wroclaw.
2006 (English)In: Contemporary Politics, ISSN 1356-9775, E-ISSN 1469-3631, Vol. 12, no 2, 117-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines the role of European values in recent relations between the European Union and its neighbours, with a particular focus on EU–Moldovan and EU–Russian relations. Based on the assumption that European values are social constructs formed through speech acts, we examine interpretations of European values in official policy and communications of the EU and of political elites in the neighbouring states. We argue that there is a significant gap between interpretations of European values articulated by the EU and by political elites in Moldova and Russia, respectively. This ‘interpretative values gap’ needs to be addressed by the EU as a matter of urgency, in order to maintain the legitimacy of its neighbourhood policies and to ensure their successful implementation.

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2006. Vol. 12, no 2, 117-137 p.
Keyword [en]
EU democracy promotion, values gap, shared values, common values, European neighbourhood policy, ENP, Russia, Russian Federation, Moldova, European values, managed democracy, sovereign democracy, human rights, rule of law, democracy
Keyword [sv]
EU:s närområde, EU:s demokratifrämjande, mänskliga rättigheter, Moldavien, Ryssland, demokratisering, demokratisk konsolidering
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Political Science
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66386DOI: 10.1080/13569770600752905OAI: diva2:467719
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2015-08-25Bibliographically approved

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