This book examines the perception of European Union’s identity by the main actors in international relations.
Analysing issues related to public discourse in third countries as demonstrated by, amongst others, their political elites, civil society, and think-tanks, the book highlights a ‘normative gap’ with regards to the European Union's self-definition/perception and its perception in the international environment. It also shows that the European Union’s perception of normative power in international relations is not shared consistently by the main principal actor yet is differentiated relative to geographical area and scope of activities undertaken by the EU. It demonstrates that the perception of the EU’s normative identity is a source of the crisis of the European Union as an effective and significant player in the international arena.
This book will be of key interest to scholar and students of European Union politics, European politics/studies, European integration, identity politics, and international relations.
1. Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Background of the Survey [Anna Skolimowska]
2. Constructivist Perspective on Identity Issue in International Relations [Anna Skolimowska]
3. In Search of Academic Tools to Evaluate the European Union’s Identity on the Global Stage [Anna Skolimowska]
4. The Social Construction of Identity and Belonging: Perceptions of EU in the Western Balkans [Laura Maria Herța and Adrian Corpădean]
5.The European Union and the Countries of Eastern Partnership: The Type of Cooperation and Neighbours’ Perception [Beata Piskorska]
6. Russia’s Perceptions of the European Identity [Olga Barburska]
7. From the Hopeless Continent Towards the Rising Star: The Perceptions of the European Union by African Elites[Anna Masłoń-Oracz and Iwona Janczyk]
8. EU – India’s Dialogue and the Changing Self-representations of the Actors [Ana Pantea]
9. East Asia – European Union Relations: The case of Japan and South Korea in the Last Decade [Olga Barbasiewicz]
10. Critical Views on the EU’s International Relations and Identity as Shaped by Latin American Experiences and Perspectives [Șerban Văetiși]
11. American Think Tanks Perspective of the European Identity in Foreign Affairs [Bartosz M. Rydliński]
12. Conclusions [Anna Skolimowska]
European Studies as a field of academic inquiry is often conflated with European Union Studies. The result is that many significant trends, processes, and events pertaining to Europe as a whole are not given adequate critical analysis. The Critical European Studies Series aims at filling this gap. Critical European Studies will have a strong grounding in many fields of research in its effort to introduce critical analyses to the study of Europe and the EU that shall be rooted in a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives. Approaches based upon historiographical, sociological, linguistic, anthropological, post-colonial, ethnographic, philosophical, post-structuralist, feminist, etc. perspectives are particularly welcome, since these frameworks only receive sporadic attention. Without putting into question the value of specific policy approaches, although individual studies in the series might undertake this task, the Critical European Studies book series attempts to bring together alternative approaches to critical analyses of European politics (including European Union politics), while overcoming disciplinary borders and paradigms. Behind this scholarly enterprise stands an enthusiastic embrace of the project and accomplishments of the European Union, but we perceive the EU and European Union Studies in need to consider many different critical correctives of its political ideas and ideals.
The series is edited by Yannis Stivachtis, Virginia Tech.
József BOROCZ (Rutgers University, USA) Thomas DIEZ (University of Tuebingen, Germany) Annica KRONSELL (Lund University, Sweden) Timothy W. LUKE (Virginia Tech, USA) Ian MANNERS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) William OUTHWAITE (Newcastle University, UK) Robert PHILLIPSON (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) Jo SHAW (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) Gerard TOAL (Virginia Tech, USA) Nathalie TOCCI (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy) Wilhelm VOSSE (Christian International University, Tokyo, Japan) Mark WEBBER (University of Birmingham, UK) Richard G. WHITMAN (University of Kent, UK) Antje WIENER (University of Hamburg, Germany) Michael WINTLE (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Nikolaos ZAHARIADIS (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) Jan ZIELONKA (University of Oxford, UK).