'Normative' power Europe: a realist critique


Hyde-Price, A., 2006. 'Normative' power Europe: a realist critique. Journal of European Public Policy, 13 (2), pp. 217-234.

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This article offers a neorealist analysis and critique of liberal-idealist notions of the EU as a 'normative' or 'civilian' power. It argues that structural realist theory can shed considerable light on the emergence, development and nature of EU foreign and security policy co-operation. In contrast to liberal-idealism's reductionist and explicitly normative approach to the EU as an international actor, structural realism emphasizes the systemic determinants of EU foreign and security policy. It stresses the significance of bipolarity for the emergence of the EEC/EPC, and argues that the development of the ESDP is a function of systemic changes in the structural distribution of power. This has created a unipolar world and a multipolar Europe. In this context, the EU is used by its member states as a collective instrument for shaping its external milieu by a combination of hard and soft power.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsHyde-Price, A.
Uncontrolled Keywordsneorealism, balance of power, hegemony, power maximization, european security, cfsp
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
ID Code16046


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