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Europeiska Unionens makt att förändra världen: - En kvalitativ studie ur ett normativt perspektiv
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this essay was to examine how the European Union is working to

transfer norms to states they signed an agreement with and provide support for in

frame of the Barcelona process and the Tacis programme. The theory which we

used was Ian Manners (PhD in Political Science) theory of "the EU as a unique

normative power". The aim was to examine whether the EU - which Manners mean

- has had a normative power to influence states to change. We used a qualitative

approach through the use of a multiple case study and qualitative text and content

analysis. The States which formed the basis of our study were within the Barcelona

Process; Morocco and Tunisia as well as Azerbaijan and Armenia funded by the

Tacis programme. To this end, we were to answer the following questions: Can we

identify transfer of norms in the written bilateral agreements with these states, and

are there any normative demands? Can we on the basis of our study answer

whether the EU holds a normative power to influence these countries to change, in

accordance with the normative theory? The agreements that we studied was the

bilateral agreements that the EU signed with these States. In order to make

Manners five norms (peace, freedom, democracy, rule of law and human rights),

which he argues that EU is based on measurable; we used the Freedom House

freedom index, and also by a historical study the development of the country. The

results we found were the following; in all the studied bilateral agreements we

found clear - but to varying degrees - the transfer of norms. Although it differs in

degree of regulatory requirements and also in the formulation of how the country is

committed to abide by and comply with the normative requirements differ

according to the agreements, we can find the so-called "carrot and stick

relationship" that Manners believes that the EU use in the transfer of norms. Three

of the states that we investigated under the Freedom House freedom index did not

developed in a democratic way did, and the positive steps taken cannot be directly

traced back to the EU's efforts. It may also be due to other States or other forces

influence. We can’t, through our study confirm that Manners is right in these states

but we can’t either rule out the possibility that the EU through the written

agreements has changed the norms of the state in question, although progress

seems to go very slowly.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keyword [en]
Democratization, Normative Power, the European Union, Transfer of norms, Ian Manners, Tacis, Barcelona Process
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-465DiVA, id: diva2:25085
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2008-06-03, G240, Västhagen, Sundsvall, 11:45 (English)
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Available from: 2008-10-22 Created: 2008-10-22 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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