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EU's Promotion of Regional Co-operation in Southeast Europe: A Norm Diffusion Perspective

Erol, Ertugrul (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This study provides an analysis of EU's promotion of regional co-operation in the Southeast Europe (SEE) through the lenses of norm diffusion theory. While attempting to answer the question of how and why norm diffusion takes place, if it does happen; both the EU and the SEE are evaluated in an interaction in order to sketch out their mutual engagement in the diffusion process. A minor but related attempt is to see whether EU is a normative power in that regard in the SEE. Applying a constructivist analysis, this study looks at each level of norm diffusion one by one in the particular case of the SEE. It is argued that norm diffusion process for regional co-operation in the SEE is not a completed process since the last stage of... (More)
This study provides an analysis of EU's promotion of regional co-operation in the Southeast Europe (SEE) through the lenses of norm diffusion theory. While attempting to answer the question of how and why norm diffusion takes place, if it does happen; both the EU and the SEE are evaluated in an interaction in order to sketch out their mutual engagement in the diffusion process. A minor but related attempt is to see whether EU is a normative power in that regard in the SEE. Applying a constructivist analysis, this study looks at each level of norm diffusion one by one in the particular case of the SEE. It is argued that norm diffusion process for regional co-operation in the SEE is not a completed process since the last stage of internalization of the norm has not been realized yet. The reason is the asocial and non-communicative diffusion strategies the Union has employed. Strict conditionality offering great carrots in return to compliance with regional co-operation has come to define the latter within a reward mentality rather than having a value of its own. This is also claimed to undermine the normative powerness of the Union. Nevertheless, it is suggested that as long as regional co-operation culminates in positive outcomes for regional problems, practice will reinforce the normative value of regional co-operation and thus may lead to an internalization process. (Less)
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author
Erol, Ertugrul
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
EU, Southeast Europe, regional co-operation, norm diffusion, normative power, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
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1325573
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {This study provides an analysis of EU's promotion of regional co-operation in the Southeast Europe (SEE) through the lenses of norm diffusion theory. While attempting to answer the question of how and why norm diffusion takes place, if it does happen; both the EU and the SEE are evaluated in an interaction in order to sketch out their mutual engagement in the diffusion process. A minor but related attempt is to see whether EU is a normative power in that regard in the SEE. Applying a constructivist analysis, this study looks at each level of norm diffusion one by one in the particular case of the SEE. It is argued that norm diffusion process for regional co-operation in the SEE is not a completed process since the last stage of internalization of the norm has not been realized yet. The reason is the asocial and non-communicative diffusion strategies the Union has employed. Strict conditionality offering great carrots in return to compliance with regional co-operation has come to define the latter within a reward mentality rather than having a value of its own. This is also claimed to undermine the normative powerness of the Union. Nevertheless, it is suggested that as long as regional co-operation culminates in positive outcomes for regional problems, practice will reinforce the normative value of regional co-operation and thus may lead to an internalization process.},
  author       = {Erol, Ertugrul},
  keyword      = {EU,Southeast Europe,regional co-operation,norm diffusion,normative power,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {EU's Promotion of Regional Co-operation in Southeast Europe: A Norm Diffusion Perspective},
  year         = {2006},
}