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Strategic Partnership Governmentality: Applying Foucault’s Toolkit to the European Union’s Strategic Partnerships
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis provides a concise discussion of the European Union’s strategic partnerships to third countries. It departs from the observation that standard routes to analysing the strategic partnerships either take a normative approach or are characterised by a positivist perspective, criticizing the European Union for failing to define the strategic partnerships more specifically. To overcome these shortcomings, a Foucault-inspired research agenda is introduced to this area of European Union foreign policy. The discussion is shifted to the discursive space in which the strategic partnerships are constructed, with a view to evaluating the effects of strategic partnership discourse without presupposing the Union’s objectives therein. It is assumed that strategic partnership governmentality can have a considerable impact on the interaction with (potential) strategic partners. Along these lines, it is discussed whether strategic partnership is a capable mode for the Union to manage interstate relations.

To this end, a discourse analysis is carried out, initially focussing on the structural characteristics of the research strand. To provide context for the key documents, the key texts are supplemented with carefully selected general texts. These are able to shed light on how the Union attempts to interact with other actors, demonstrating how terminologies are adapted to a changing security environment. This detailed analysis also illustrates how policy priorities shift over time, effective multilateralism being a prime example of an aim losing ground. Subsequently, thick description is utilised to illustrate the unintentional effects of strategic partnership. This critical discussion of strategic partnership governmentality questions the worldview presented by the Union. It is asked whether other interpretations of international security could exist, and why in turn the European Union does not allow these.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 69
Keywords [en]
Common Foreign and Security Policy, Discourse Analysis, Governmentality, Strategic Partnership, Poststructuralism
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-380662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-380662DiVA, id: diva2:1300914
Subject / course
Euroculture
Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
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Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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