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EU external policy-making and the case of Morocco: 'Realistically' dealing with authoritarianism?

Cavatorta, Francesco and Chari, Raj S. and Kritzinger, Sylvia and Gomez Arana, Arantza (2008) EU external policy-making and the case of Morocco: 'Realistically' dealing with authoritarianism? European Foreign Affairs Review, 13 (3). pp. 357-376. ISSN 1384-6299

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The literature on the external relations of the EU often emphasises the normative nature of the Union’s policies. It follows that specific policy initiatives such as the Euro–Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) are then assessed according to normative parameters. This paper challenges this assumption and argues that a realist interpretation of the Union–s external policies contributes to a better understanding of what the EU does abroad. In order to substantiate such theoretical claims, the paper analyses in detail the EU’s relations with the authoritarian state of Morocco and highlights how realist concerns dominate the Union’s preoccupations to the detriment of the normative values it espouses on paper. The paper concludes by arguing that if a different theoretical framework from the mainstream normative one is used to assess the Union’s policies, the outcome of this assessment changes quite radically. In the case of EMP, for instance, we claim that the Union has been rather successful in pursuing its material, realist interests. This has important implications for how the EU will operate when more integration on foreign policy matters occurs.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Kluwer Law International
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Copyright Information:Copyright © 2008 Kluwer Law International
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Deposited On:12 Sep 2008 17:01 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 12 Mar 2009 18:07

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