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The European Union and the politics of legitimisation at the United Nations

Smith, Karen E. (2013) The European Union and the politics of legitimisation at the United Nations. European Foreign Affairs Review, 18 (1). pp. 63-80. ISSN 1384-6299

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The European Union should be well-placed to exercise influence at the United Nations, as it is endowed with many material and ideational power resources that could enable it to win approval for its positions and proposals.Yet it encountered hostility when it sought enhanced observer status in the General Assembly and it has often been isolated at the Human Rights Council. The EU’s failures to translate its putative power resources into influence in international affairs are often attributed to a lack of unity within the EU, but even when the EU is united at the UN, it may not win support.To help explain why, this article focuses on the UN as a locus of the international politics of legitimization, where UN Member States seek approval for their positions and policies, and base their appeals for support on competing principles and values.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Kluwer Law International BV
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU)
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 14:14
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2021 23:13

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