The OSCE: the Somewhat Different Socializing Agency
The Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) is a generally underrated institution. For instance, in a symptomatic statement, a well-known student of European affairs describes it in denigrating manner as a ‘talking shop’ (van Ham, 2001: 404). Yet such a perspective overlooks the power of norms. A talking shop may be a social environment well suited for international socialization. In this chapter, we shall argue that, firstly, the OSCE is an important niche player in the spread of Euro-Atlantic community norms and, secondly, it differs in important ways from other socializing agencies.
KeywordsEuropean Union Social Influence Foreign Minister Human Security European Neighbourhood Policy
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