Particularism and Universalism in Russian Post-Soviet Foreign Policy: Russia’s Discourse on Humanitarian Cooperation in the CIS

17 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2015

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Natalia Morozova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: December 29, 2015

Abstract

This article offers a discussion of Russia’s post-Soviet search for international legitimacy, informed by the notions of social antagonism and hegemony elaborated by E. Laclau and C. Mouffe. It is argued that discourse on humanitarian cooperation in the CIS is at the heart of Russia’s current attempts to gain international legitimacy: it addresses the demands of identity construction antagonistically opposed to the European ‘other’ and simultaneously inscribes Russian identity within a counter-hegemonic normative discourse.

Keywords: political legitimacy, identity, discourse analysis, hegemony, social antagonism, Russian post-Soviet foreign policy

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Morozova, Natalia, Particularism and Universalism in Russian Post-Soviet Foreign Policy: Russia’s Discourse on Humanitarian Cooperation in the CIS (December 29, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 24/IR/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2709013

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