Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Research Student: Dr Stefanie Bluth

Principles, actions and impacts of normative power in EU-Russian relations between 1999 and 2008

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My thesis aims at examining to what extent the European Union (EU) is a normative power in international relations. In the context of this, thesis normative power is defined as the successful attempt to diffuse commonly agreed principles that are intended to shape political and societal processes for the benefit of all.

The originality of this thesis derives from the application of Ian Manners’ technique of principles, action and impacts, which provides a methodological framework for testing whether the European Union is such a normative power.

This technique is applied to the relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation in the period between 1999 and 2008, with a particular emphasis on trade policies, the promotion of democracy and human rights, as well as the European security approach towards Russia.

The question in the analysis of this thesis is to what extent, with the help of Manners’ technique, these three policy areas enable any statement on the role of the EU as a normative actor or power. The thesis examines to what degree an exercise of normative power by the EU is discernible in these areas when looking at each area separately and when attempting to draw any connection between these areas.

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