Un-National Normative Justification for European Union Foreign Policy

Ian Manners

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    The European Union's foreign policy has traditionally been described in terms of national, supranational or transnational interests rather than being justified in terms of normative political theory. As European Commissioner Bonino declared over a decade ago, such differentiation between descriptive interests and normative ethics is unsustainable in European Union (EU) foreign policy. What are needed are normative justifications that can help inform political choices about foreign policy in the EU's democratic political order. In other words, what are the un-national normative justifications for EU foreign policy?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolitical Theory of the European Union
    EditorsJürgen Neyer, Antje Wiener
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Publication date2011
    ISBN (Print)978-0-19-958730-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • European Union
    • foreign policy
    • normative theory
    • political theory

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