Normative Power Europe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to European Studies

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  • Ian Manners

The chapter develops a normative power approach to European studies that can be applied across and beyond its constitutive disciplines in order to interrogate and transgress the ideas and spaces on/of Europe. In four parts the chapter explores the terms ‘normative', ‘power', and ‘Europe', before applying the approach to an example. In each part one of the terms is explored as a means of illustrating how such a transdisciplinary approach may contribute to understanding Europe. Part one examines three different approaches to normative ethics - ‘virtues', ‘deontology', and ‘consequentialism' - in order to make sense of ideas of the common good. Part two looks at three different types of power - ‘relational', ‘structural', and ‘normative' - as a means of understanding the power of ideas of the common good. Part three considers three different means of understanding Europe - ‘civilizational', ‘categorical', and ‘cultural' - to show how the power of ideas of the common good shape our means of comprehending contemporary Europe. Part four attempts to apply the approach to the question of a European counter-terrorist response. This example was chosen because of the challenges it presents to contemporary Europe and as a means of illustrating the way a normative power Europe approach opens up transdisciplinary thinking across and beyond disciplinary thinking

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE handbook of European studies
EditorsChris Rumford
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)9781412933957
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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