To be or not to be a normative power: the EU's promotion of human rights and democracy in Russia

Daskalova, Ana (2013). To be or not to be a normative power: the EU's promotion of human rights and democracy in Russia. Bruges Regional Integration and Global Governance Papers. UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and College of Europe.

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  • Author Daskalova, Ana
    Editor Abass, Ademola
    Gstöhl, Sieglinde
    Keukeleire, Stephan
    Kingah, Stephen
    Lannon, Erwan
    Van Langenhove, Luk
    Title To be or not to be a normative power: the EU's promotion of human rights and democracy in Russia
    Series Title Bruges Regional Integration and Global Governance Papers
    Volume/Issue No. 2013/2
    Publication Date 2013-09-01
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and College of Europe
    Pages 36
    Language En
    Abstract The 'Normative Power Europe' debate has been a leitmotif in the academic discourse for over a decade. Far from being obsolete, the topic is as relevant as when the term was first coined by Ian Manners in 2002.1 'To be or not to be a normative power' is certainly one of the existential dilemmas in the foreign policy of the European Union. This paper, however, intends to move beyond the black-and-white debate on whether the European Union is a normative power and to make it more nuanced by examining the factors that make it such. Contrary to the conventional perception that the European Union is a necessarily 'benign' force in the world, it assumes that it has aspirations to be a viable international actor. Consequently, it pursues different types of foreign policy behaviour with a varying degree of normativity in them. The paper addresses the question of under what conditions the European Union is a 'normative power'. The findings of the study demonstrate that the 'normative power' of the European Union is conditioned upon internal and external elements, engaged in a complex interaction with a decisive role played by the often neglected external elements.
    Copyright Holder Ana Daskalova
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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