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Changing EU role conceptions in the 21st century

Svensson, Matilda LU (2017) STVM25 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The European Union has expanded its foreign policy significantly in recent years. It is now widely accepted as an important, albeit unique, international actor. Given the EU’s growing influence on the global scene, this study aims to describe changes in EU role conceptions between 2003 and 2016. Departing in role theory, the study constructs an analytical framework based on ideal types. Mapping EU role conceptions across two dimensions – the EU’s global role and capabilities – enables a thorough examination of changes over time. Looking at the European Security Strategy (2003), the subsequent Report on its Implementation (2008), and the EU Global Strategy (2016), the study finds that EU role conceptions have changed in recent years. EU... (More)
The European Union has expanded its foreign policy significantly in recent years. It is now widely accepted as an important, albeit unique, international actor. Given the EU’s growing influence on the global scene, this study aims to describe changes in EU role conceptions between 2003 and 2016. Departing in role theory, the study constructs an analytical framework based on ideal types. Mapping EU role conceptions across two dimensions – the EU’s global role and capabilities – enables a thorough examination of changes over time. Looking at the European Security Strategy (2003), the subsequent Report on its Implementation (2008), and the EU Global Strategy (2016), the study finds that EU role conceptions have changed in recent years. EU foreign policy makers have gone from seeing the EU as a Normative Power primarily dependent on civilian instruments, to a traditional great power with an increasing preference for military instruments. (Less)
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author
Svensson, Matilda LU
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STVM25 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
role theory, role conceptions, Normative Power Europe, EU foreign policy
language
English
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8907550
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2017-06-27 15:02:17
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  abstract     = {The European Union has expanded its foreign policy significantly in recent years. It is now widely accepted as an important, albeit unique, international actor. Given the EU’s growing influence on the global scene, this study aims to describe changes in EU role conceptions between 2003 and 2016. Departing in role theory, the study constructs an analytical framework based on ideal types. Mapping EU role conceptions across two dimensions – the EU’s global role and capabilities – enables a thorough examination of changes over time. Looking at the European Security Strategy (2003), the subsequent Report on its Implementation (2008), and the EU Global Strategy (2016), the study finds that EU role conceptions have changed in recent years. EU foreign policy makers have gone from seeing the EU as a Normative Power primarily dependent on civilian instruments, to a traditional great power with an increasing preference for military instruments.},
  author       = {Svensson, Matilda},
  keyword      = {role theory,role conceptions,Normative Power Europe,EU foreign policy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Changing EU role conceptions in the 21st century},
  year         = {2017},
}