Cycle de conférences 2018 : «How Europe and Russia Influence Policymaking toward Russian-speakers in Estonia and Latvia»

Dans le cadre de son cycle de conférences de 2018, le Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal a le grand plaisir d’accueillir Jennie Schulze de la Duquesne University le 27 septembre à l’Université McGill. Jennie Schulze donnera une conférence sur «Strategic Framing and the Case of Stateless Children. How Europe and Russia Influence Policymaking toward Russian-speakers in Estonia and Latvia».

L’entrée est gratuite.

Quand ? 
Le jeudi 27 septembre 2018, 15h00

Où ? 
Université McGill, Pavillon Leacook, salle 429 (855, rue Sherbrooke, Montréal)

Abstrait de la conférence (en anglais) :
Prior to EU accession, policymakers in Estonia and Latvia were slow to adopt minority-friendly policies for Russian-speakers in the areas of citizenship and language, despite both mandates from the European Union and significant pressures from Russia. The ways in which policymakers strategically framed Europe and Russia in the context of domestic policy debates not only explains the controversies, delays, and suboptimal outcomes surrounding the passage of “conditional” amendments in both cases, but also important points of divergence post-accession. While pre-accession reforms have often been credited to the democratizing influence of European institutions, an analysis of parliamentary debates reveals that European frames have rarely produced significant policy changes alone, and then only when domestic constraints were low. Whenever domestic opposition was high, Russian frames were crucial for the passage of reforms. The case study of naturalization requirements for stateless children in Estonia and Latvia highlights how domestic elites are more than just passive targets of external pressures, as well as the ways in which both European and Russian pressures have influenced the path and form of minority policies in these cases.



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