Legitimizing Europe in contested settings: Europe as a normative power in Turkey?

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Aydın-Düzgit, Senem (2018) Legitimizing Europe in contested settings: Europe as a normative power in Turkey? Journal of Common Market Studies, 56 (3). pp. 612-627. ISSN 0021-9886 (Print) 1468-5965 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12647


This article aims to explore whether - and if so, how - the EU is perceived as a normative power (NPE) in Turkey in the context of deteriorating Turkey-EU relations. By adopting the Habermasian understanding that legitimacy is a prerequisite for NPE and through employing a focus group methodology novel to NPE research, the article finds that a certain segment of the Turkish public views the EU as a normative power, suggesting that claims for the existence of NPE need to be qualified both by the level of analysis and by the local context which comprises socio-cultural factors as well as government/opposition dynamics. The article also shows that contestation of the EU's actorness takes place over moral and ethical-political arguments rather than utility-based debates, demonstrating that polarization is noticeably present as far as the EU's normativity is concerned, and not on the perceived costs and benefits of EU accession.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:normative power Europe; EU foreign policy; EU-Turkey relations; focus groups
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:35119
Deposited By:Senem Aydın Düzgit
Deposited On:15 Aug 2018 15:18
Last Modified:15 Aug 2018 15:18

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