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Bureaucratic Authority and Mimesis: The Eurasian Economic Union's Multiple Integration Logics


Regional economic integration in the post-Soviet space is related in a complex way with the European Union’s integration process. Multiple competing internal logics of integration, as well as the EU model are drivers of Eurasian regionalism. The Eurasian Economic Union illustrates how bureaucracies mobilise their technocratic authority in a process of mimesis that reconciles multiple internal and external integration logics: selective learning from the EU and successful incorporation of internal integration logics produce an organisational design and output that member states support to varying extents.
Keywords: Regional integration, Russian foreign policy, Eurasianism, international organisations