A Paradigm in Trouble? The Effects of the Euro Crisis on the European Model for Regional Integration in South America

  • Elena Lazarou
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In 2007 UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband pronounced that the European Union (EU) should aim to be a ‘model power’, charting a course for regional cooperation and integration among other countries (Penketh, 2007). The idea of the ‘model power’ is somehow connected with the academic debates on the nature of the EU’s identity as an international actor and its influence on international and regional developments across the world. Scholars of European integration (e.g. Cederman, 2001; Smith, 2003; Lucarelli and Manners, 2006) have introduced various new terms in order to explain the non-material power of the EU. Most famously, the notion of ‘normative power Europe’ conceptualizes the EU as a changer of norms in the international system (Manners, 2002, p. 225).


European Union Member State Foreign Policy Regional Integration Global Governance 
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