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Understanding the EU, the US and their external spheres of rule: Republican synergies, destructive feedbacks and dependencies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Political Power, ISSN 2158-379X, Vol. 4, no 3, 433-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Both the US and the European Union (EU) have been analysed as empires. In contrast, this article argues that a reconstructed republican theory centred on the fear of domination reveals deeper dynamics in both entities. Both entities have external spheres of influence. While the US is not dependent on this sphere to sustain internal stability, the EU is. When the EU enlargement ends and the external sphere is absorbed, the EU’s stability and legitimacy might be at risk. A possible solution lies in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Strengthening it would increase the EU’s control over its environment and its normative aspects.

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Routledge, 2011. Vol. 4, no 3, 433-450 p.
Keyword [en]
The European Union, the US, republicanism, empire, EU enlargement
National Category
Political Science Sociology
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166654DOI: 10.1080/2158379X.2011.624749OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166654DiVA: diva2:477034
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2013-08-06Bibliographically approved

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