The EU as a Normative Power and the Research on External Perceptions: the Missing Link

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In research on European foreign policy two important axes of debate have been running relatively independently of each other for more than a decade: the study of the European Union as a normative power (NPE) and the study of external perceptions of the EU. However, the studies of external perception offer some findings that are central for the NPE debate. This article’s argument is that the external perceptions literature points to a limited (if still identifiable) perception of the EU as a normative power depending on the geographical area. By comparison, the image of a powerful economic actor is prevalent. The article raises the question of whether the thin and geographically varied character of the perceptions relating to the EU as a normative power justifies the general designation of NPE.Anew agenda focusing on geographical differences and interaction with other sources of power is outlined.
TidsskriftJournal of Common Market Studies
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)896-910
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2014

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