‘EU IN THE WORLD’
This panel aims to transcend studies that (naively) tend to treat the EU as an insulated actor that transforms everything it touches into peaceful, stable and democratic subjects. Rather than an academic position, this stance reflects merely a (pan-European) ideological position. Furthermore, the panel goes beyond the rationalist mainstream that heavily focuses upon strategic dimension of EU’s interventions into world politics. In this sense, a limited focus on EU conditionality as the source of the EU’s authority in the world is misleading. Papers dealing with different aspects of the EU’s authority/presence/actorness in the world are warmly welcome. Deadline for sending abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com is 20 february 2012.
Proposed Abstract by Didem Buhari-Gulmez (Royal Holloway University of London)
The objectives of this paper are threefold. First, it advances three dimensions of EU’s authority (pragmatic, moral, cognitive), then it discusses what dimensions are under serious challenge (esp. ‘democratic deficit’ debates) and finally suggests how the EU could deal with rising criticisms (what types of legitimacy it needs to restore).
1- Global Studies Association conference will take place in July 5-7, 2012 in Manchester. For details: http://www.globalstudiesassociation.org/11th-gsa-conference-2012/
2. Unfortunately GSA does not provide travel/accommodation funding. Conference fee to be paid by the participants.
Didem Buhari Gulmez
Royal Holloway, University of London
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