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

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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Abstract

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)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Depositing User: Senem Aydın Düzgit
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 15:18
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:55
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/35119

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