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The European Union as a ‘Green Normative Power’? EU Leadership in International Biotechnology Regulation. CES Working Paper, No. 140, 2006

Falkner, Robert. (2006) The European Union as a ‘Green Normative Power’? EU Leadership in International Biotechnology Regulation. CES Working Paper, No. 140, 2006. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the transformation of the European Union (EU) from a laggard to a leader in the international politics of biotechnology regulation. The emergence of EU leadership in global environmental politics during the 1990s seems to support recent arguments about the distinctive nature of the EU as a "normative power" in international relations. However, as this paper argues, this perspective lacks historical depth and fails to capture tensions between competing principles and conflict among domestic interest groups in Europe. The paper calls for a more critical reading of the normative power argument and identifies shifts in the domestic political economy of agricultural biotechnology as the key factors behind the EU’s support for a precautionary international regime on trade in genetically modified organisms.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural biotechnology.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies > CES Working Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2008
    Number of Pages: 19
    Last Modified: 02 Nov 2013 22:27
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9019

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