We would like to thank Charlotte Bretherton, John Dryzek, Ian Manners, David Phinnemore and three anonymous referees for their comments on earlier drafts of this article. We would also like to thank both the School of Social Science and the Politics programme of Liverpool John Moores University for providing funds to support our research trip to Johannesburg.
The European Union and the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Normative Power Europe in Action?*
Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2005
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 75–95, March 2005
How to Cite
LIGHTFOOT, S. and BURCHELL, J. (2005), The European Union and the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Normative Power Europe in Action?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 43: 75–95. doi: 10.1111/j.0021-9886.2005.00547.x
- Issue online: 8 FEB 2005
- Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2005
The claim that the EU played a leadership role at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development is examined using the concept of normative power Europe. We examine how the EU operationalized the concept of sustainable development before questioning whether the EU represents a normative power in the field of sustainable development. In doing so, we address two key concerns. First, we question the depth of the current EU's commitment to sustainable development. Second, we raise a number of important theoretical questions regarding Ian Manners' broader application of the concept of normative power Europe.