|About the Book|
This dissertation analyzes the interplay of normative and strategic aspects in the European Neighborhood Policy. The book argues that the EUs Rule of Law promotion policy in four neighboring countries - Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, and Ukraine - is best explained by combining institutional, ideational, interdependence, and third-country related factors. The study brings abstract concepts from the EU foreign policy literature, such as normative power or composite policy, into the realm of empirical research. In substantive terms, the study investigates the EUs Rule of Law policy-making and the adopted policy outputs in four issue areas: counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, anti-corruption, and judicial reform. The comparative analysis of the case studies calls into question the common assumption that the EUs institutional features pre-dispose it to act as a normative power in international relations. It is rather shown that third-country-related factors need to feature prominently in future explanatory frameworks. With respect to the debate on the nature of the EUs power, the study concludes that hybrid projections prevail. Dissertation.