09 January 2019

Manners publishes article on 'Theorising Normative Power in European Union-Israeli-Palestinian Relations' in Middle East Critique

Professor Ian Manners publishes article on 'Theorising Normative Power in European Union-Israeli-Palestinian Relations' in the journal Middle East Critique on the 23rd December 2018. 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.
 
Find the article here.