Normative Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?
Version of Record online: 16 DEC 2002
Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 235–258, June 2002
How to Cite
Manners, I. (2002), Normative Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 40: 235–258. doi: 10.1111/1468-5965.00353
- Issue online: 16 DEC 2002
- Version of Record online: 16 DEC 2002
Twenty years ago, in the pages of the, Journal of Common Market Studies, Hedley Bull launched a searing critique of the European Community’s ‘civilian power’ in international affairs. Since that time the increasing role of the European Union (EU) in areas of security and defence policy has led to a seductiveness in adopting the notion of ‘military power Europe’. In contrast, I will attempt to argue that by thinking beyond traditional conceptions of the EU’s international role and examining the case study of its international pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty, we may best conceive of the EU as a ‘normative power Europe’.