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You Make Us Do What We Want! The Usage of External Actors and Policy Conditionality in the European Neighborhood


  • Esther Ademmer


In academic and public debates, external actors have been considered to promote their rules most effectively in third countries in cases of high and asymmetric interdependence. Hence, high interdependence of European Neighborhood Countries (ENC) with Russia has been discussed as a major constraint to EU rule transfer. The case of migration policies, however, represents an odd one out: high degrees of interdependence of the ENC and Russia are coupled with compliance with EU rules, whereas lower degrees of interdependence correlate with shallow and selective compliance. The paper investigates the de facto impact of Russia and the EU on the implementation of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in this highly interdependent policy field and argues for a change in perspective: adopting a stronger bottom-up perspective on power-based approaches of external governance cannot only account for varying compliance records, but also shows how domestic actors can use multiple external opportunity structures to promote their own agenda.

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  • Esther Ademmer, 2011. "You Make Us Do What We Want! The Usage of External Actors and Policy Conditionality in the European Neighborhood," KFG Working Papers p0032, Free University Berlin.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:kfgxxx:p0032

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    1. Ivakhnyuk, Irina, 2009. "Russian Migration Policy and Its Impact on Human Development," MPRA Paper 19196, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Irina Ivakhnyuk, 2009. "Russian Migration Policy and Its Impact on Human Development," Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) HDRP-2009-14, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), revised Apr 2009.
    3. Judith Kelley, 2006. "New Wine in Old Wineskins: Promoting Political Reforms through the New European Neighbourhood Policy," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44(1), pages 29-55, March.
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    immigration policy; neighbourhood policy; Russia;

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