European Union-Russian Federation energy trade relationship : a partial regime formation process (1991-2008)

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2011
Başkan, Argun
Global energy trade is one of the most important topics of international relations. This thesis analyzes the European Union (EU)-Russian Federation (RF) energy trade relationship (1991-2008) within an international regime theory perspective. Main hypothesis of the dissertation is that the EU-RF energy trade relationship is an example of partial international regime based on the totality of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), Partnership and Cooperation Treaty (PCA) and the Energy Dialogue. This hypothesis is built on the independent variables (the transformation of the EU‘s energy policy towards supranationalism; convergence of the energy policy and the foreign policy of the EU; the transformation of the RF‘s energy policy towards pragmatic statism; convergence of the energy policy and the foreign policy of the RF), intervening variable (EU-RF energy interdependence in natural gas and oil trade) and the dependent variable (international regime formation between the EU and the RF in energy trade). There are also four complementary hypotheses: EU‘s energy policy has transformed towards supranationalism (hypothesis 2); energy policy and foreign policy of the EU have practically and officially approached towards each other (hypothesis 3); RF‘s energy policy has transformed towards pragmatic statism (hypothesis 4); energy policy and foreign policy of the RF have practically and officially approached towards each other (hypothesis 5). Original contribution of this dissertation to the relevant literature is its detailed application of the regime theory to the EU-RF relationship which finds that this relationship is a case of partial regime formation.

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A. Başkan, “European Union-Russian Federation energy trade relationship : a partial regime formation process (1991-2008),” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.