EU’s Normative Actorness in Ukraine - A Case Study of the Ukrainian Crisis 2014

Johan Mamsen, Nielsen Nicklas & Jarvad Gulliver

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines from a constructivist perspective the role of the EU in global politics, with a specific case study of the current Ukrainian crisis. There has been quite a lot of debate recently, concerning whether or not the EU’s actions in this conflict have been sufficient or to limited. This is in our perspective a highly topical debate with multiple actors, and thus we decided to investigate if there is a gap between EU’s expectations and capabilities in relation to its current global actorness. We adopted a constructivist approach that helped us define the EU’s actorness and give special attention to the ideas and arguments attached to its actions in Ukrainian. Furthermore we utilized Bretherton & Vogler’s conception of actorness complemented with theories - respectively, C. Hills Capability-Expectations Gap and I. Manners Normative Power Europe, which provided us with a strong analytical foundation. The project will thus provide differing theoretical approaches to the complex actorness of the EU in a specific conflict setting. We analyze if previous actions by the EU in global settings has constructed excessive foreign policy expectations that may not correlate with its actual capabilities. This project will demonstrate and discuss the implications and benefits of normative power and outline the size of a potential gap between capabilities and expectations in the EU.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato23 jun. 2014
VejledereMichelle Pace


  • EU
  • Hill
  • Crimea
  • Capability
  • Manners
  • Ukraine
  • Actorness
  • normative