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'Our size fits all': normative power Europe and the Mediterranean

Bicchi, Federica (2005) 'Our size fits all': normative power Europe and the Mediterranean. EFPU working paper series (2005-3). European Foreign Policy Unit, London, UK.

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The article focuses on the normative connotation of European foreign policy and makes three points. First, through the criteria of inclusiveness and reflexivity, it draw s a distinction between ‘normative power Europe’ and Europe as a ‘civilising power’. Second, the article puts forward a sociological institutionalist interpretation of the EU as a ‘civilising power’. It suggests that much of the EU’s action can be characterised as an unreflexive attempt to promote its own model because institutions tend to export in stitutional isomorphism as a default option. Third, the article shows the utility of a sociological institutionalist analysis by examining the case of the EU’s promotion of regionalism in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2005 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2013 16:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:02

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