European Foreign Policy Research Reconsidered: Constructing an 'Ideal Power Europe' through Theory?

Cebeci M.

MILLENNIUM-JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, cilt.40, sa.3, ss.563-583, 2012 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 40 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/0305829812442235
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.563-583


This article attempts to criticise European foreign policy research from within, portraying how some of its scripts are privileged and how they construct an 'ideal power Europe' meta-narrative. It argues that European foreign policy researchers engage in such construction through, firstly, assuming that the EU is post-sovereign/post-modern; secondly, naming the EU as a model; and, finally, conceptualising the Union as a normative power. The article scrutinises European foreign policy research through a deconstruction of its texts and displays how certain knowledge about the EU and European foreign policy is produced and reproduced. It further reveals how the 'ideal power Europe' meta-narrative contributes to the dominative dimension of European foreign policy.