Network Power Europe and Competition at the UN Human Rights Council
The chapter's argument anchors the debates on what type of a competitor the European Union is. On a larger scale, it addresses the question about the nature of competition within the United Nations. A large share of European integration literature suggests that the EU competes as a “normative power Europe” thus identifying competition as a struggle for prestige and status. The proponents of the other perspective pinpoint the EU identity as a “market power Europe”–to gain advantages, the EU hence seeks to guide competition with its wealth. This chapter argues the augmenting complexity of international organizations pushes the EU to act as “network power Europe” and compete for the structural position a “bridge” in complex networks.