The Normative Power of the EU in the Framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy: A Case Study on Ukraine
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Through the use of political conditionality, the EU has exercised what many have chosen to call an international normative power. The fast democratisation process of the central European countries that joined the EU in 2004 has often been attributed to the force of EU’s normative power. Here, the core of the political conditionality was found in a promised future membership – acting as a reward in exchange for democratic reforms. The new European Neighbourhood Policy however, initiated briefly after the 2004 enlargement, gave rise to new prerequisites to the Unions new neighbours and this time enlargement fatigue prevailed in the EU policy. This case study examines and assesses the ability of the EU to exercise its normative power on Ukraine through the new conditions set up by the European Neighbourhood Policy, were a membership perspective neither is promised nor ruled out. The result show that the effective conditions for the conditionality are favourable and that a good progress on the areas of democracy, rule of law and human rights has been achieved. Although difficult to prove, I argue that this progress most probably is partly due to EU’s normative power on Ukraine.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 30 p.
EU, Normative Power, Ukraine, Europeanization, Central and Eastern Europe, Rule Adoption, Democracy
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19323ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-G--9/00363--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-19323DiVA: diva2:224354
2009-04-03, A36, Hus A, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, 10:00 (Swedish)
Mikaelsson, Rickard, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jansson, Per, Senior Lecturer