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The EU Normative Power as a Shield for Dependency?
The EU Normative Power as a Shield for Dependency?

Author(s): Vittorio Giorgetti
Subject(s): Economic policy, International relations/trade, Studies in violence and power, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, EU-Legislation
Published by: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů
Keywords: EU Soft power; EU Normative Power; EU and South America;
Summary/Abstract: This paper aims to assess the substance of the claim that the European Union acts like a normative power in its relations with Colombia. The first section explains the reasoning behind selecting Ian Manners’ normative power theory for approaching this topic and compares the relevance of this theory to alternatives. The second section examines the EU’s normative influence over Colombia based on the sub-regional and bilateral agreements made over the last 20 years. The third section contains a critical analysis of political and economic relations between the EU and Colombia, based on EU Country Strategy Papers, the EU-Colombia-Peru FTA, and EU-CAN relations in general. Having established that there is a gap between pure intentions and actual outcomes, the final section proposes the restoration of dependency theory as a useful means for examining this discrepancy.

  • Page Count: 27
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English