Theorising Normative Power in European Union-Israeli-Palestinian Relations

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This article provides a theoretical perspective on the question of how EU-Israeli-Palestinian relations should be conceived 50 years after the occupation. The article sets out how a critical social theory of normative power could be seen as a way both of analysing and changing these relations. According to Craig Calhoun, critical social theory should be seen as an ‘interpenetrating body of work which demands and produces critique… [that] depends on some manner of historical understanding and analysis.’ The normative power approach represents a critical social theory in that it seeks to be explanatory, practical, and normative, all at the same time. The article suggests how these criteria may be applied to the study of EU-Israeli-Palestinian relations and their consequences, 50 years after the occupation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalMiddle East Critique
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)321-334
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2018

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