Theorizing the European Union’s Global Authority: an Alternative Trichotomy

Didem Buhari, Baris Gulmez

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This chapter is a theoretical attempt to study the multifaceted authority of the European Union (EU) in world politics. Authority is legitimated power. Without legitimacy, power often faces severe resistance whereas legitimate actions and actorness imply less opposition if not widespread support. Informed by the thesis of Steven Lukes on three-dimensional power and Mark Suchman’s trichotomy of legitimacy, this chapter advances three dimensions of the EU’s authority in the world and discusses how the EU could maintain and/or restore its legitimacy in the global arena.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe EU: A Global Power in the making?
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical and Institutional Approaches to the EU's External Relations
Editorsastrid boening, Jan-Frederik Kremer, Aukje van Loon
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-32412-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-32411-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameGlobal Power Shift

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