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Европейский союз в Центральной Азии: границы нормативной силы

Сафранчук И. А., Надточей Ю. И.

The review is focused on critical analysis of the monograph written by the French researcher O.A. Spaiser whose study was focused on EU policy in Central Asia. The reviewers pay attention to methodology which is used by the author with the purpose to analyze EU capabilities that are necessary to influence so distant region. At the heart of her work is the methodology of post-structuralism and post-modernism. This uncommon scientific approach helps to estimate effectiveness of EU policies in Central Asia and gives an opportunity to make judgments on the political agency of the Union as such. Reviewers positively assess Spaiser’s contribution to the European studies as her book is one of a few studies where doubts about universality of EU normative model where accurately made.  In contrast to the European part of the post-Soviet space, where Brussels’ policy of Europeanization has some effect and brought benefits to EU as a player, in Central Asia EU normative influence on political life is quite limited.