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‘Normative or Realist’ versus ‘Normative and Realist’

Storey, Andy and Durac, Vincent (2009) ‘Normative or Realist’ versus ‘Normative and Realist’. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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    The idea of the EU constituting a form of ‘normative power’ in its external relations is one which holds significant appeal – not only to European policymakers but also to a number of academic commentators. This article first outlines what is meant by ‘normative power’, and then offers a critique based on a political economy understanding of the ways in which ‘norms’ and interests are intermeshed. The example of relations between the EU and Morocco is examined in detail. It is concluded that the EU claim to represent a ‘normative power’ – understood in a necessarily positive and idealist sense – is misleading, but that the EU does seek to promote and support certain norms that may or may not be in the best interests of those at the receiving end of these promotive and supportive efforts.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Morocco.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-North Africa/Maghreb
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2013 21:15
    Number of Pages: 21
    Last Modified: 16 Mar 2013 21:15

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