EU-NormCon, new project awarded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness

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The project EU-NormCon (reference CSO2016-79205-P), submitted to the 2016 call for projects of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, has been granted financial support and will start up in early 2017. The project received an ‘A’ qualification and will be carried out during the next three years. The project’s Principal Investigator is Esther Barbé and the project will be hosted by Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

The starting point of EU-NormCon analytical framework is that the foundations of some of the values that the European Union considers as important and promotes in international fora (social solidarity, sustainable development, humanitarianism), are being eroded by the new profiles of normative contestation. Thus, one of the primary aims of the research project is to investigate the evolution of normative contestation in the EU (independent variable) in some specific issue areas within the broader agendas of sustainable development and peace-building. The other principal aim of this project is to trace, in a detailed way, the ways in which such normative evolution changes the EU’s formulation of its foreign policy in multilateral institutions (dependent variable).

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