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The European external action service in the evolution of the EU as a ‘normative power’: a case study of Somalia.

Gkotsis Papaioannou, Nikolaos (2018) The European external action service in the evolution of the EU as a ‘normative power’: a case study of Somalia. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the tensions between the underpinnings of Normative Power Europe (NPE) and the use of the military as a way of norm diffusion, with a focus on Somalia. It is specifically concerned with the impact of the European External Action Service (EEAS), as part of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), on the evolution of the EU as a ‘normative power’. By focusing on this particular interrelation of normative and military power, this project will illustrate the importance of actorness as a constructive element of the EU’s normative identity in its external action. This thesis’ contribution stems from critiques of NPE, particularly with reference to its discursive nature. Simultaneously, it emphasises symbolic manifestation as key in addressing the tension between “military” and “normative” power. Whilst it contributes to the literature on CSDP, this thesis is concerned with demonstrating the catalytic role of the establishment of the EEAS in the evolution of the EU’s normative identity. Through the exploration of the EU’s military operations in Somalia - EUTM and EUNAVFOR - this research establishes the compatibility between normative power and military means. This is achieved through content analysis and subsequent critical frame analysis of official EU documentation. The critical frames of ‘comprehensive approach’, ‘effective multilateralism’ and ‘partnership-ownership’ are applied to the strategic documentation, sub-strategies and EU documents relating to Somalia and the Horn of Africa in order to demonstrate the normative elements of the EU’s external action as well as how they have altered since the establishment of the EEAS. By examining the consistent operationalisation of the EU’s demonstrated intents and subsequent impact in Somalia, this thesis ultimately provides an evaluation of the Union’s overall power in normative terms. Most importantly, it makes the case for NPE’s pertinence in the study of external action.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Gkotsis Papaioannou, Nikolaos
Date : 31 July 2018
Funders : Self-funded
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/THSChappell, LauraL.Chappell@surrey.ac.uk
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/THSGuerrina, RobertaR.Guerrina@surrey.ac.uk
Depositing User : Nikolaos Gkotsis Papaioannou
Date Deposited : 06 Aug 2018 07:57
Last Modified : 31 Jul 2019 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/848707

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