Has there been a European power transition?: explaining twenty-first century Russia-EU relations

Unsworth, Dean (2015) Has there been a European power transition?: explaining twenty-first century Russia-EU relations. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Russia-European Union relations are often debated under a pretext of strategic partnership and complex interdependence. However, in the period between 2000-2013 Russia’s national power has shifted and this has brought the strategic-partnership into question. This has arguably led to increased competition between Russia and the EU as Russia has used its domestic strength to become more assertive in its foreign affairs. This dissertation looks to critically engage with these developments within Russia’s domestic landscape and explore the consequential effects this has upon the relationship between Russia and the EU.
    This dissertation challenges the notion of strategic partnership between these two regional powers and argues in favour of a return to realist theory in order to explain this changing relationship. This dissertation asks whether the Power Transition Theory model, first advocated by A.F.K. Organski in 1958, can accurately explain the changing relationship between the EU and Russia during this period. This tool is used to gain a theoretical understanding of Russia’s growth in national power and then questions whether this theory can explain why there has been an increase in hard competition between the two regional actors in this period.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 14:50
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 14:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17972

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