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Energy Agreements enabling mechanisms of normative power Europe?: Conceptualising energy security in Ukraine
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper analyse how two agreements can be understood to facilitate the normative power (NP) of the EU by illuminating how they can enable four different NP mechanisms and thus influence and shape Ukraine’s notions and norms concerning energy security (ES). The study it draws on information from two agreements, i.e. Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership of 2016 (MoU) and the treaty establishing the Energy Community (TEC). If we understand NP as the ability to define what passes for normal and that NP suggests that the EU exerts influence by shaping the values and behaviour of other actors by redefining international norms in their own image. Then these two agreements are interesting as they constitute a nexus between the EU and Ukraine which could potentially enable that power as they can proliferate norms and notions of the EU concerning ES. Considering how the TEC has the goal to extend their principle and rule of the EU and how the MoU is created with the EU´s energy union as reference point the agreements might enable that influence This paper combines critical discourse analysis (CDA) with an ideal type analysis where the four NP mechanism constitute the analytical tool. The study reveals how the agreements can enable the EU´s NP by facilitating the NP mechanism, as they manage to proliferate the norms and notion of the EU. However, the aptitude of the different NP mechanism differ between the two agreements. Additionally, the study also reveals how the application of this ideal type is more suitable for examining organisation rather than agreements alone, as the full spectrum of the NP mechanisms potential cannot be illuminated. Although, the study reveal how agreements could be understood as potential tools, even if they don’t enable all NP mechanism equally.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Normative Power Europe, Energy security, Influence, CDA, MoU, TEC, EU, Ukraine.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148935ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--18/02910--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148935DiVA, id: diva2:1222765
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Master's Programme in International and European Relations
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Available from: 2018-07-02 Created: 2018-06-22 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved

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