The Internal and External Dimension of the EU Actorness in the Energy Relations with Russia and Alternative Suppliers
The aim of this project is to provide a coherent conceptual approach to the study of the EU’s actorness in energy relations to the third parties. Particularly the main third parties are Russia and the alternative suppliers from Central Asia, the Caspian region, and the Middle East and North Africa.
The project is devoted to the research of the internal and external dimensions of the EU’s actorness in energy relations with suppliers with a special focus on Russia and its ability to find alternatives. In terms of the theoretical contribution, the project lies in the creation of a holistic framework of the EU actorness in international energy relations and is anchored in social constructivism. There was not a functional connection to be found between the concepts of energy security and the concept of the EU’s actorness with a focus on the role of the EU as the “ framing actor”. The utilization of framing within the EU’s actorness in the area of energy policy is new and allows for correction and specification of conceptualization attempts in the area of actorness. The results of the project are based in the interconnection and equalization of the internal and external dimensions of the EU’s actorness in energy relations.
Centre for European Politics
The Centre for European Politics (CEP) studies the processes, institutions and actors of European politics with a special emphasis on security issues and European Integration. We understand European politics as a complex and differentiated field in which interests of transnational institutions, corporations, states, regions and a plethora of non-state actors meet and clash with each other. We study these interactions from an interdisciplinary point of view that combines traditional approaches of European studies, security studies, political science and international relations while incorporating broader historical, social and cultural contexts.
Centre for Global Political Economy
The Centre for Global Political Economy studies the mutual entanglement of political and economic power in international relations, the understanding of which is crucial for strategic decision-making of both state and non-state actors in the contemporary globalized world. The centre thus explores the multilevel governance of various global regulatory regimes, and changing production and financial flows, including developmental aid and energy relations. Moreover, we decipher the resultant socioeconomic inequalities and power asymmetries inherent to them among and in the varieties of world regions, national economies, social groups, and also gender relations.