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EU Foreign Policy in a Globalized World
Normative power and social preferences

ISBN 9780415599511
Published October 19, 2010 by Routledge
214 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Written by leading experts in the field, this volume identifies European collective preferences and analyzes to what extent these preferences inform and shape EU foreign policy and are shared by other actors in the international system.

While studies of the EU’s foreign policy are not new, this book takes a very different tack from previous research. Specifically it leaves aside the institutional and bureaucratic dimensions of the European Union’s behaviour as an international actor in order to concentrate on the meanings and outcomes of its foreign policy taken in the broadest sense. Two outcomes are possible:

  • Either Europe succeeds in imposing a norms-based international system and thus, in this case, its soft power capacity will not only have been demonstrated but will be enhanced
  • Or, on the contrary, it does not succeed and the global system will become one where realpolitik reigns; especially once China, India and Russia attain a preponderant influence on the international scene.

EU Foreign Policy in a Globalized World will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union politics, foreign policy and politics and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Norms and Preferences: History and Principles  1. The Normative Power of the European Union in a Globalised World  2. The Historicity of European Normative Power  Part 2: The Reception of Democracy  3. Democratization by Extension: Seeking Reinsurance  4. The EU’s Promotion of Democracy in the Balkans  5. A Missed Opportunity? The EU and the Reform of the UN Human Rights Architecture  6. The Reception of EU Neighbourhood Policy  7. European Union’s Exportation of Democratic Norms: The Case of North Africa  8. The Uncertainties of Democratic Promotion in Afghanistan  9. The European Union, China and Human Rights

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Zaki Laïdi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po, Paris, France. He is also Professor at Sciences Po Paris and Collège de Bruges, Belgium.


'The wide geographical coverage of the case material as well as the rich analysis of the domestic political contexts in which the EU policies operate make the volume a very useful reference for students, scholars and practitioners interested in EU foreign policy in general and the democracy dimension of the EU's external policies in particular.' - Gergana Noutcheva, JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES, volume 18, No 1, 2010