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This book analyses the role of the European Union in the process of institutional change in its Eastern neighbourhood and explains why EU policies arrive at contradictory outcomes at the sectoral level. Combining EU studies approaches with insights from the fields of new institutionalism, international development studies and transnationalisation, it explains how the EU policies contribute to rule persistence or lead to institutional change.
Highlighting the importance of investigating how the policies of external intervention interact with domestic institutions, the book also provides a coherent presentation of the political and economic problems of Ukraine and Moldova and a comparative analysis in key areas at critical junctures of their development.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics and more broadly to International Relations, post-Soviet and Russian studies.
Ryhor Nizhnikau is Senior Researcher Fellow in the EU's Neighbourhood and Russia Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland.