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The EU's response to fragile situations - Putting Normative Power to the test

Steglich, Rebecca LU (2012) STVM23 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract: Since 9/11 a lot of attention has been paid to fragile states and state failure has also become an issue for the EU. EU elites frequently refer to the EU as a ‘force for good in the world’. There is an extensive academic debate about what kind of power the EU is in world politics, and whether it can be described as a distinct normative power. In this comparative study of ten fragile states, the EU’s response to fragile states is scrutinised through the theoretical lenses of normative power. The main argument of this thesis is that there are both elements of normative power and realism to be found in the EU’s approach. The EU in relation to fragile states is an actor with normative ambitions, but normative power remains an ideal... (More)
Abstract: Since 9/11 a lot of attention has been paid to fragile states and state failure has also become an issue for the EU. EU elites frequently refer to the EU as a ‘force for good in the world’. There is an extensive academic debate about what kind of power the EU is in world politics, and whether it can be described as a distinct normative power. In this comparative study of ten fragile states, the EU’s response to fragile states is scrutinised through the theoretical lenses of normative power. The main argument of this thesis is that there are both elements of normative power and realism to be found in the EU’s approach. The EU in relation to fragile states is an actor with normative ambitions, but normative power remains an ideal type that does not completely correspond to the empirical reality. (Less)
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Steglich, Rebecca LU
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STVM23 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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2542915
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2012-06-27 10:57:58
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  abstract     = {Abstract: Since 9/11 a lot of attention has been paid to fragile states and state failure has also become an issue for the EU. EU elites frequently refer to the EU as a ‘force for good in the world’. There is an extensive academic debate about what kind of power the EU is in world politics, and whether it can be described as a distinct normative power. In this comparative study of ten fragile states, the EU’s response to fragile states is scrutinised through the theoretical lenses of normative power. The main argument of this thesis is that there are both elements of normative power and realism to be found in the EU’s approach. The EU in relation to fragile states is an actor with normative ambitions, but normative power remains an ideal type that does not completely correspond to the empirical reality.},
  author       = {Steglich, Rebecca},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The EU's response to fragile situations - Putting Normative Power to the test},
  year         = {2012},
}