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A Force for Good Governance? The European Union’s normative Power and Standards of appropriate Governing

Huelss, Hendrik (2012) A Force for Good Governance? The European Union’s normative Power and Standards of appropriate Governing. European Foreign Affairs Review, 17 (1). pp. 93-112. ISSN 1384-6299. (KAR id:60836)

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The European Union (EU) is often characterised as ultimate normative international actor. Whereas the representations of the EU as alleged ‘force for good’ are well-researched, there is a lack of investigations into the question how the practice of a putative ‘normative power Europe’ is related to approaches of good governance. Despite the role of the latter notion in the EU’s external relations and system of governance in general, we know little about the potentially diverse meaning of concepts of good governance on the global level. The article analyses the significance of good governance for international governmental organisations and the EU in a comparative perspective. It concludes that the EU is in fact promoting a unique approach of good governance which combines economic and political aspects. At the same time, the focus on functional-technical reforms risks to undermine the operationalization of the EU’s political normative power in the practice of external governing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Hendrik Huelss
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:42 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
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