THE METHOD OF MODELING AND IMITATION IN FOREIGN POLICY OF THE EU

L. O. Igumnova
2015 Bulletin of Kemerovo State University  
The European Union has a variety of mechanisms to distribute its values and norms. The paper analyzes the method of modeling/imitation and similar mechanisms of ―contagion‖ and ―the power of example‖ that appeared as a result of the deep-seated image of the EU as a world standard and an example for others to follow. The rationale of the above mentioned foreign policy mechanisms is the social learning theory well-known in psychological science. The theory has been developing in EU studies and
more » ... n EU studies and has facilitated the emergence of a "model power Europe" concept that best describes the role of imitation method in foreign policy of the European Union. The method suggests considering the EU as a model which attracts the attention of observers and becomes the source of imitation process for them. This mechanism is widely used in European foreign policy practice being one of the key factors of the EU global influence. The author addressed official documents, statements and speeches of European politicians, as well as theoretical and analytical works.
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