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EU Foreign Policy in a Globalized World

Normative power and social preferences, 1st Edition

Edited by Zaki Laïdi


204 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge/GARNET series

Europe in the World
The Routledge GARNET series provides an outlet for research on a wide range of issues related to regulation in the context of regional and global governance, the representation and participation of the EU in global governance, and regionalism in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The series embraces multi-disciplinary perspectives to cover questions of relevance to contemporary society, amidst the challenges to regional cooperation in dealing with poverty and human welfare, peace, security, and social justice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy