International Relations Research News

Prof. Jozef Bátora, from the International Relations department, has been published in the Journal of European Integration. The article titled “EU-supported reforms in the EU neighborhood as organized anarchies: the case of post-Maidan Ukraine” was written in cooperation with Dr. Pernille Rieker (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) and discusses how the EU's reform support in the neighborhood often operates more like garbage-can style organized anarchy, by means of a case study of post-Maidan Ukraine.

How does the EU and its member states organize their support for reforms in the countries of the EU neighbourhood? Building on organization theory research on reforms as sets of loosely coupled ‘garbage can’ processes, we conceptualize the ENP induced reform processes as an organized framework connecting the reform capacities of not only the EU institutions but also EU member-state governments. We apply this approach to Ukraine in the post-Maidan period. We focus on the interplay between EU-level reform capacities and the capacities of two member states highly active in Ukraine, namely Germany and Sweden. As this case illustrates, the current approach provides a complementary perspective to mainstream approaches to the study of the EU’s external governance as it offers partial explanations of how organizational processes may impact on the efficiency of reforms promoted by the EU and its member states in the neighbouring countries.

Jozef Bátora & Pernille Rieker (2018) EU-supported reforms in the EU neighbourhood as organized anarchies: the case of post-Maidan Ukraine, Journal of European Integration, 40:4, 461-478, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1467412