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Morally good EU?! : an analysis of morality in the European Union’s development cooperation

Wendorff, David (2016) Morally good EU?! : an analysis of morality in the European Union’s development cooperation.

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Abstract:How morally acceptable does the European Union act in its development cooperation efforts? This paper analyzes the instrument of conditionality by reference to Aristotle and Immanuel Kant. Both entities’ thoughts on ethics and politics are outlined in the light of the assessment of conditionality. Aristotle’s anarchy in international relations and I. Kant’s reason-guided theory of action are the foundation of the interpretation. On the basis of those theoretical thoughts it is inferred a particular moral legitimation for the instrument of conditionality in the EU’s development cooperation. Crucial for this assessment is the underlying intention of the EU. As the Union externalizes its fundamental and constituting values by development cooperation, values like freedom, dignity and justice are the factors that define the concept of conditionality. Those facets are in line with postulated values of Aristotle’s and Immanuel Kant’s ethics.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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