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Title: National minority rights and the EU's Eastern Partnership : a normative blind spot?
Author: Donnelly, Graham John
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 9032
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
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The EU continues to assert for itself a role as an advocate and promoter of the rights of minorities in its external affairs. This thesis, however, demonstrates that when it comes to the EU's reform agenda in its relations with the Eastern Partnership ("EaP"), minority rights represent a normative blind spot. Drawing upon debates and empirical works centred around Manners' (2002) conceptualization of the EU as a 'Normative Power Europe', this thesis sets out to assess the extent to which Manners' inclusion of minority rights as one of the pillars of the EU's normative identity and its external affairs 'toolkit' is justified. The analytical framework created to make this assessment rests upon three core questions: a) do national minority rights and protections form part of the EU's external affairs role and EU identity; b) what does the manner in which the EU interacts with the EaP in this policy field reveal about the EU as a normative actor; and c) what impact does the EU have in the field of minority rights policy in the EaP. Utilising elite interviews on the ground in three EaP states (Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova - "the EaP3") and a documentary analysis of the key documents framing the EU's relations with each, this thesis argues that in its relations with the EaP3, the EU has largely replicated prior failings in this policy field identified in the scholarship focussed on its accession processes during the 2004, 2007 and 2013 enlargements. Moreover, where the EU claims to have addressed minority rights in its deepening relationships with the EaP3, it has restricted itself to a conceptualisation of minority rights at odds with both its prior practice in accession negotiations as well as in wider, European and international understandings of such rights. In effect, despite its own claims to the contrary, the EU has marginalised national minority rights in its relations with the EaP3.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: JA Political science (General) ; JX International law ; JZ International relations