With/out the EU’s perspective: Europeanisation narratives in Ukraine

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Nadiia Bureiko: The Neighbourhood Europeanisation is argued to be instrumental for the diffusion of the European values in Ukraine and increased attachment of the Ukrainian population towards Europe. The paper inquires how the idea of Europe has evolved and has been perceived in Ukraine since the country’s independence. 

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Abstract
The Neighbourhood Europeanisation is argued to be instrumental for the diffusion of the European values in Ukraine and increased attachment of the Ukrainian population towards Europe. The paper inquires how the idea of Europe has evolved and has been perceived in Ukraine since the country’s independence. Mixed methods approach combining both qualitative and quantitative methods are employed in this paper in order to draw on the theoretical underpinnings of the Europeanisation process and better explore Europeanisation narratives in Ukraine. Based on survey data, the analysis depicts how the idea of Europe has acquired legitimacy in the eyes of Ukrainians.

Key Words: Europeanisation process, European integration, idea of Europe, European values, Eastern Neighbourhood, EU, Ukraine.

The paper was written during Pontica Magna fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study “New Europe College” and was submitted to “New Europe College Yearbook 2015/2016”. The text of the paper is available here.


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