Importing EU Norms

Conceptual Framework and Empirical Findings

  • Annika Björkdahl
  • Natalia Chaban
  • John Leslie
  • Annick Masselot

Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Annika Björkdahl, Natalia Chaban, John Leslie, Annick Masselot
    Pages 1-9
  3. Adoption

  4. Adaptation

  5. Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Annika Björkdahl, Ole Elgström
      Pages 133-152
  6. Rejection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Annika Björkdahl, Natalia Chaban, John Leslie, Annick Masselot
      Pages 247-256
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-262

About this book


This interdisciplinary work presents a conceptual framework and brings together constructivist and rationalist accounts of how EU norms are adopted, adapted, resisted or rejected. These chapters provide empirical cases and critical analysis of a rich variety of norm-takers from EU member states, European and non-European states, including the rejection of EU norms in Russia and Africa as well as adaptation of EU practices in Australia and New Zealand. Chapters on China, ASEAN and the Czech Republic demonstrate resistance to EU norm export. This volume probes differences in willingness to adopt or adapt norms between various actors in the recipient state and explores such questions as: How do norm-takers perceive of the EU and its norms? Is there a ‘normative fit’ between EU norms and the local normative context? Similarly, how do EU norms impact recipients’ interests and institutional arrangements? First, the authors map EU norm export strategies and approaches as they affect norm-takers. Second, the chapters recognize that norm adoption, adaption, resistance or rejection is a product of interaction and a relationship in which interdependence, asymmetry and power play a role. Third, we see that domestic circumstances within norm-takers condition the reception of norms. This book’s focus on norm-takers highlights the reflexive nature of norm diffusion and that nature has implications for the EU itself as a norm exporter. Anyone with an interest in the research agenda on norm diffusion, normative power and the EU’s normative dialogue with the world will find this book highly valuable, including scholars, policy makers and students of subjects including political science, European studies, international relations and international and EU law.


Accession of the Czech Republic in the Eurozone Construction of the Trans-Tasman Single Economic Market Diffusion of EU Norms to China EPA-Negotiations Europe and Global Economic Governance European Integration Free Movement Norms in a European Cross-Border Regions Free Movement in the Cross-Border Oresund Region Gender Equality in EU-Asian Trade Policy Global Economic Governance in the EU Normative Leadership in Economic Crisis Normative Power Europe Perspectives after the Euro Sovereign Debt Crisis The Czech Republic and the Schengen Membership

Editors and affiliations

  • Annika Björkdahl
    • 1
  • Natalia Chaban
    • 2
  • John Leslie
    • 3
  • Annick Masselot
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.National Centre for Research on EuropeUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  3. 3.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  4. 4.College of Business and LawUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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