The EU and Its Neighbourhoods: A Textual Analysis on Key Documents of the European Neighbourhood Policy

Abstract : Over the last twenty years, European Union (EU) actorness at both regional and global scales, has become a fruitful topic of analysis in the eld of political science, and more specically in international relations and political geography. Critical geopolitics dedicated many substantive papers on EU discourses and representations. Our paper aims at providing a complementary way to study texts issued by the EU and to question EU actorness by adopting an approach based on textual analysis. The corpus examined includes the seven communications on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) issued between 2003 and 2013. These communications provide essential information regarding relations between the EU and its immediate neighbours. The textual analysis allows several relevant characteristics of discourses to be highlighted: stability and changes, actors, spaces and scales mentioned. The outcomes of the analysis conrm previous research on the subject: The ENP appears as a bilateral state-centric policy, missing global scale, and neglecting the role of regional powers like Turkey or Russia.
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Laurent Beauguitte, Yann Richard, France Guérin-Pace. The EU and Its Neighbourhoods: A Textual Analysis on Key Documents of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Geopolitics, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015, 20 (4), p. 853-879. ⟨10.1080/14650045.2015.1075512⟩. ⟨halshs-01213789⟩

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