The European Union as a Minervian Actor in Global Institution Building

Ian Manners

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Abstract

This chapter argues that both the causal elements of domestic/state political leadership, supranational competition, and cosmopolitical normative activism, together with the constitutive element of a ‘normative power’ self image, are important in understanding the EU as a Minervan power. It introduces constitutive and causal theories, the internal origins of the EU’s norms, EU normative principles, and considers the EU’s external practices in action in order to understand the EU as a Minervan power in global institution building. The chapter illustrates this through the EU notion of “effective multilateralism” embracing the active diplomacy of states, the strengthening of supranational and international institutions, and the engagement with the cosmopolitical and transnational activists that capture the EU as a Minervan power in global institution building.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeadership in Global Institution Building : Minerva's Rule
EditorsYves Tiberghien
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2013
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)9781137023728
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesPalgrave Studies in European Union Politics

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Manners, I. (2013). The European Union as a Minervian Actor in Global Institution Building. In Y. Tiberghien (Ed.), Leadership in Global Institution Building: Minerva's Rule Palgrave Macmillan. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=580525