Three ways of speaking Europe to the world: Markets, peace, cosmopolitan duty and the EU's normative power

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Abstract

This article—a sympathetic critique of the literature on ‘Normative Power Europe'—observes that the rationales for EU external action, while understandable in terms of the concept of ‘normative power’, emerge from a variety of overlapping and potentially contradictory liberal arguments. For the purposes of the argument, these liberalisms are organised into three ideal types: market liberalism, the pursuit of peace through liberal means and the ethic of cosmopolitan duty. The article suggests that while it is possible to associate different domains of EU external action with different varieties of liberal discourse, it is often more appropriate to see these policy domains as sites of struggle, negotiation and (perhaps) reconciliation between competing liberal projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date23 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014

Keywords

  • European Union
  • normative power
  • liberalism
  • ethics

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