Liberal power Europe

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Abstract

The European Union is best understood as a liberal power – as an actor that is composed of liberal democracies whose interests, identities and institutions motivate and constrain its policy. The conceptualization of the EU as a liberal power helps to overcome three shortcomings of alternative notions such as civilian power or Normative Power Europe: First, norms are not only understood as driving forces but also as constraints on foreign policy; second, liberal power Europe emphasizes the contested nature of norms and conflicts between norms and thus draws attention to the politics of EU external relations; third, it encourages an engagement with the vast literature on the distinctive policies of liberal democracies in international relations and foreign policy analysis. The EU’s crisis management serves to illustrate the value-added of the liberal power Europe concept.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1398-1414
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • common foreign and security policy
  • crisis management
  • civilian power
  • normative power
  • liberalism

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Wagner, W.M. / Liberal power Europe. In: Journal of Common Market Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 55, No. 6. pp. 1398-1414.
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In: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 55, No. 6, 2017, p. 1398-1414.

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