The struggle for recognition of normative powers: Normative power Europe and normative power China in context

Emilian Kavalski

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Abstract

Who or what is a normative power? In response to this query the article suggests that normative powers are those actors that are recognized as such by others. This qualifies Ian Manners's oft-quoted proposition that normative powers are only those actors that have the ability to 'shape what can be "normal" in international life'. The proposition is that the definitions of the 'normal' are not merely undertaken by normative power, but they emerge in the context of its interaction with others. Recognition, in this setting, is indicated by the specific reactions of target states. In this respect, the issue is not merely about being and becoming a normative power, but also about being recognized as one by others. The article details this proposition through a parallel assessment of normative power Europe and normative power China. The intention of such comparison is to elicit the key elements of normative power in global life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-267
Number of pages21
JournalCooperation and Conflict
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • normative power China
  • normative power Europe
  • struggle for recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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