The Integration Policies of Belarus and Ukraine vis-à-vis the EU and Russia

A Comparative Case Study Through the Prism of a Two-Level Game Approach



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The Integration Policies of Belarus and Ukraine vis-à-vis the EU and Russia
A Comparative Case Study Through the Prism of a Two-Level Game Approach
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The escalating rivalry between the EU and Russia in their shared neighborhood creates important economic, political, and legal challenges for the lands in between. Belarus and Ukraine have received proposals of integration from both the EU and Russia. However, the extents to which they accepted these offers differ and result from a multitude of factors as well as their interplay affecting the policy choices of their governments. International integration is a foreign policy question, but it has a strong domestic dimension too. Explaining various integration stances demands considering a country’s foreign and internal affairs. Alla Leukavets applies here Putnam’s two-level game-theoretical approach in combination with findings from comparative neighborhood Europeanization and democracy promotion studies, as well as Levitsky/Way’s linkages-and-leverage-model. She develops various actor-centered and structural explanatory variables and applies them in the subsequent empirical analysis. Her research results benefit from triangulation through primary documents analysis and semi-structured interviews with elites and experts in Minsk, Moscow, Brussels, and Washington, DC. The book analyses how the simultaneity of European and Eurasian integration challenged the two countries to make a major strategic integration choice. The study sheds light on the reasons for and genesis of the Ukraine Crisis, and on how external actors, such as the EU, can succeed in facilitating domestic reforms in Eastern Partnership countries.
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Dr Alla Leukavets studied Law, International Relations, and Political Science in Minsk, Manchester, London, Bruges, and Bremen. She completed several traineeships, inter alia, at the European and UK Parliament. She has published in, among other outlets, Belarus-Analysen and Russian Analytical Digest. Since 2017, Leukavets has been a Research Fellow in Political Science at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen.
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"A solid and valuable piece of academic work. This clearly structured and factually rich book benefits from and contributes to several theoretical and empirical scholarly literatures. It is a useful guide to the collection, organization, assessment, and interpretation of the enormous amount of relevant historical and contemporary evidence."—Peter Mayer, Professor of International Relations, University of Bremen

"A rich and thorough empirical analysis."—Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics, ETH Zürich
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Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Alla Leukavets
Herausgeber/-in Andreas Umland
Anzahl der Seiten 356
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 14.10.2019
Gewicht (kg) 0.4630
ISBN-13 9783838212470