SINEGUBOV A.L., SAFRANCHUK I.A. Network structures as a model of interaction between state and non-state actors in EU foreign policy

 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2013.2.13      

Sinegubov Alexey Leonidovich

Degree Seeking Candidate, Department of World Political Processes,

MGIMO-University MFA Russia

Counselor Embassy of Russian Federation in Latvia

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Safranchuk Ivan Alexeevich

Candidate of Political Sciences, Associate Professor, Deputy Head,

Institute of Contemporary International Studies, Diplomatic Academy, MFA Russia;

Associate Professor, Department of World Political Processes,

MGIMO-University, MFA Russia

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Abstract. This article studies the role of network structures in EU foreign policy. The role of networks in functioning of EU is analyzed as the model of interaction between state and non-state actors in contemporary world politics. Some studies, including the project of National Intelligence Council of USA, demonstrate that there is a tendency of growing influence of non-state actors. The model of interaction that has developed in EU can be considered as a model of the future. That’s why the type of force used by EU is called “post-modern”. This model is conductive to wide use of “soft power” and some of its variants including “normative” and “network” power. Quasi-federal character of EU’s structure, whiсh is characterized by many intersecting and delegated sovereign functions, is a reason of appearance of the analyzed model. Network practices and network technologies are widely used in the process of developing and realization of EU’s policy on three levels: 1) development and realization of EU’s general policy; 2) the policy of EU’s enlargement and deeper integration of the newcomers into Europe’s life; 3) the neighborhood policy and “Europeanization” of neighboring to EU states that cannot become EU members. The last dimension of EU policy causes a conflict with Russia, which makes this analysis politically relevant.

Key words: EU foreign policy, network, non-state actors, soft power, neighborhood policy.

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