Theorizing the European Union’s global authority

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Subtitle: an alternative trichotomy
Author list: Buhari Gulmez, D.
Publisher: Springer
Publication year: 2013
Book title in source: Global Power Europe - Vol. 1
Volume number: 1
Start page: 111
End page: 126
Number of pages: 16
ISBN: 978-3-642-32411-6
eISBN: 978-3-642-32412-3
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


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.


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