The European Union as a Small Power

After the Post-Cold War

Author: A. Toje

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230281818

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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The post-Cold War period is coming to an end. After a decade of foreign policy integration Europe faces multipolarity internally divided and externally weak. Toje argues that due to the lack of a workable decision-making mechanism the EU is destined to play the limited but distinct role of a small power in global politics.

Small States in Europe

Challenges and Opportunities

Author: Robert Steinmetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131705430X

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

View: 5472

The effects of recent institutional change within the European Union on small states have often been overlooked. This book offers an accessible, coherent and informative analysis of contemporary and future foreign policy challenges facing small states in Europe. Leading experts analyze the experiences of a number of small states including the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Iceland, Austria and Switzerland. Each account, written to a common template, explores the challenges and opportunities faced by each state as a consequence of EU integration, and how their behaviour regarding EU integration has been characterized. In particular, the contributors emphasize the importance of power politics, institutional dynamics and lessons of the past. Innovative and sophisticated, the study draws on the relational understanding of small states to emphasize the implications of institutional change at the European level for the smaller states and to explain how the foreign and European policies of small states in the region are affected by the European Union.

The EU's Role in Global Governance

The Legal Dimension

Author: Bart Van Vooren,Steven Blockmans,Jan Wouters

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191634735

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 1666

For years the European Union has been looked on as a potential model for cosmopolitan governance, and enjoyed considerable influence on the global stage. The EU has a uniquely strong and legally binding mission statement to pursue international relations on a multilateral basis, founded on the progressive development of international law. The political vision was for the EU to export its values of the rule of law and sophisticated governance mechanisms to the international sphere. Globalization and the financial crisis have starkly illustrated the limits of this vision, and the EU's dependence on global forces partially beyond the control of traditional provinces of law. This book takes stock of the EU's role in global governance. It asks: to what extent can and does the EU shape and influence the on-going re-ordering of legal processes, principles, and institutions of global governance, in line with its optimistic mission statement? With this ambitious remit it covers the legal-institutional and substantive aspects of global security, trade, environmental, financial, and social governance. Across these topics 23 contributors have taken the central question of the extent of the EU's influence on global governance, providing a broad view across the key areas as well as a detailed analysis of each. Through comparison and direct engagement with each other, the different chapters provide a distinctive contribution to legal scholarship on global governance, from a European perspective.

Das politische System der Europäischen Union

Author: Wolfgang Wessels

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531910078

Category: Political Science

Page: 554

View: 1838

Wer die politischen Realitäten Europas verstehen will, muss einen beträchtlichen Teil seiner Aufmerksamkeit dem System der Europäischen Union und dessen institutioneller Architektur widmen. Mit wachsender politischer Relevanz wird das EU-System leider aber immer unverständlicher. Deshalb dient dieses Buch einer umfassenden und gründlichen Einführung, wobei es besonderen Wert auf die Vermittlung von notwendigen Grundkenntnissen zur Geschichte, zu einzelnen Institutionen und zu zentralen Verfahren der EU legt. Zur Vertiefung werden wesentliche Aspekte in größere Zusammenhänge unterschiedlicher Ansätze der „Europa-“ bzw. „Integrationswissenschaft“ gestellt. Mit Hilfe mehrerer Darstellungsformen bietet das Buch für Interessierte und Experten aus Lehre, Forschung, Politik und Medien ein differenziertes Angebot zum Verständnis der EU zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts.

The European Union after Lisbon

Polity, Politics, Policy

Author: Professor Søren Dosenrode

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409476901

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

View: 4224

A few years have passed since the Lisbon Treaty came into force but the question still remains of what the Lisbon Treaty has actually brought about. Was it just 'relatively insignificant' as some scholars have claimed, or was it 'something' more? This book sets out to look at this question and it does so by applying a classical division: polity, politics and policy. One of the book's conclusions is that the Lisbon Treaty might have been 'plan b' compared to the aborted Constitutional Treaty, but it is certainly a substantial step forward on the European path of integration. The Lisbon Treaty strengthened the EU both as a polity (its stateness), and in its politics (the rules and procedures) and in spite of the fact that the treaty was not really a 'policy treaty', it has extended the Union's field by federalizing most of the policies within the area of Justice and Home Affairs. This anthology brings together scholars from four European countries each of them a specialist within the fields they are analyzing. Each scholar adds insights from their area of competence to the book, leaving it an important contribution to the study of today's European Union.

The European Union in Global Security

The Politics of Impact

Author: R. Ginsberg,S. Penksa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230367526

Category: Political Science

Page: 270

View: 9548

Does the EU matter in international security? The authors identify and explain the drivers of and brakes to EU foreign security action, offer methods of assessment to ascertain influence, and conclude that the union has become a niche international security provider that has in turn strengthened EU foreign policy.

The Treaty of Lisbon

Origins and Negotiation

Author: D. Phinnemore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137367873

Category: Political Science

Page: 306

View: 6651

Detailed and comprehensive analysis of how the Treaty of Lisbon emerged in 2007 this book explores the role played by the German Council Presidency and the EU's institutional actors in securing agreement among the leaders of member states on an intergovernmental conference as well as a new treaty text to replace the rejected Constitutional Treaty.

The European Union as a Model for the Development of Mercosur?

Author: Wenzel Matiaske,Hauke Brunkhorst,Gerd Grözinger,Marcelo Neves

Publisher: Rainer Hampp Verlag

ISBN: 3866181124

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 205

View: 9688

It is rarely questioned that the European Union can be considered a model for other world regions. Comparable initiatives elsewhere are much less integrated, and up until now less successful, even if like Mercosur they are based on the European model. Although elements of the democratic rule of law in the EU are more developed than in all comparable projects and organisations, the model character of the EU is highly questionable in terms of democratic theory, and we should ask what scholars concerned with the European Union can learn from similar experiments in other world regions. Perhaps experience from the Merco-sur countries with deliberative citizen democracy at the local level, the double perspective of the still ongoing transition from a 'nominalistic' to a 'normative' constitutional regime within nation states, and the simultaneous continental net-working of law, economics, and policy could also be instructive for the current EU with its new problems in the realm of democracy and rights. Transcontinen-tal social capital can only build-up if the learning processes are opened in both directions. The individual contributions to this volume move between the poles 'effectiveness' and 'democracy'. It is the result of an international workshop or-ganized by scholars from Flensburg University and from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Sao Paulo.

The Performance of the EU in International Institutions

Author: Sebastian Oberthür,Knud Erik Jørgensen,Jamal Shahin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135737991

Category: Political Science

Page: 176

View: 3770

The Performance of the EU in International Institutions marks one of the first attempts to systematically analyse the subject. It focuses on the role of the EU in decision-making within international organizations and regimes as a major locus of global governance. The book unpacks the concept of EU performance into four core elements: effectiveness (goal achievement); efficiency (ratio between outputs accomplished and costs incurred); relevance (of the EU for its priority stakeholders); and financial/resource viability (the ability of the performing organization to raise the funds required). Based on the case studies herein, the findings presented in this book relate to the identified core elements of performance with a particular emphasis on the dimensions of 'effectiveness' and 'relevance'. Most notably, the EU appears, on balance and over the past two decades, to have become much more relevant for its member states when acting within international institutions. The book highlights four particular factors explaining EU performance in international institutions: the status of relevant EU legislation and policies, the legal framework conditions including the relevant changes that the Lisbon Treaty has brought about, domestic EU politics, and the international context. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration

The EU Common Security and Defence Policy

Author: Panos Koutrakos

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191655899

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 8725

Presenting the first analytical overview of the legal foundations of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), this book provides a detailed examination of the law and practice of the EU's security policy. The European Union's security and defence policy has long been the focus of political scientists and international relations experts. However, it has more recently become of increasing relevance to lawyers too. Since the early 2000s, the EU has carried out more than two dozen security and defence missions in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The EU institutions are keen to stress the security dimension of other external policies also, such as development cooperation, and the Lisbon Treaty introduces a more detailed set of rules and procedures which govern the CSDP. This book provides a legal analysis of the Union's CSDP by examining the nexus of its substantive, institutional, and economic dimensions. Taking as its starting point the historical development of security and defence in the context of European integration, it outlines the legal framework created by the rules and procedures introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. It examines the military operations and civilian missions undertaken by the Union, and looks at the policy context within which they are carried out. It analyses the international agreements concluded in this field and explores the links between the CSDP and other external policies of the Union.

The Influence of International Institutions on the EU

When Multilateralism hits Brussels

Author: O. Costa,K. Jørgensen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230369898

Category: Political Science

Page: 261

View: 2566

An exploration of how the EU is influenced by multilateral institutions. There has recently been a dramatic increase in interaction between the EU and multilateral institutions. This book shows that international institutions shape EU policies, as well as acting as a source of preferences and strategies for EU stances internationally.

The European Union and Multilateral Governance

Assessing EU Participation in United Nations Human Rights and Environmental Fora

Author: Hans Bruyninckx,Sudeshna Basu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023037591X

Category: Political Science

Page: 285

View: 9895

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of the EU in UN human rights and environmental governance which addresses the legal and political science dimensions. With contributions from academics and policy-makers, this volume is a comprehensive analysis of how the challenges it faces impact on the EU's position in UN fora.

Small States Inside and Outside the European Union

Interests and Policies

Author: Laurent Goetschel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475728328

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 8528

Small States in and outside the European Union offers a broad overview of the small states problematic in Europe. It touches upon definition issues, history, security policy, neutrality, EU institutional aspects and also includes contributors from Central and Eastern European countries. It presents a thorough analysis of different scenarios for EU institutional reform and their repercussions on the influence of small member states. The comparative results are visualized in tables. The work contains several contributions from practitioners who give insight into policy games and issues of national sensitivity not usually covered by purely scholarly publications. The European environment has changed dramatically through the processes of regional integration and rising interdependence. Relations between European states both inside and outside the EU are governed as never before by rules, norms, and fixed procedures. The book investigates the consequences of these developments on the foreign and security policy of small states. Academics and professionals from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, elaborate on these issues. Institutional regulations and traditional power politics as well as the foreign and security policy traditions of the states concerned, including the question of neutrality, are investigated. In addition, the book identifies the main interests of small states in today's Europe and offers an overview of different strategies these states apply in the realm of foreign and security policy. The book is interesting for the case studies it offers as well as for the reflections it contains regarding fundamental questions of the essence of statehood in today's Europe.

The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union's Internal Security

Author: S. Wolff

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230369421

Category: Political Science

Page: 273

View: 1945

EU internal security concerns such as migration, police and judicial cooperation are today part of EU foreign policy. This book shows how those concerns dominate the EU agenda towards Mediterranean countries. Adopting a rational-choice institutionalist approach, it explores EU policy and the strategic choices made after the 2011 Arab revolts.

Designing the European Union

From Paris to Lisbon

Author: F. Laursen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230367577

Category: Political Science

Page: 317

View: 5208

This book outlines the content of the main treaties that form the 'constitutional' basis of the European Union and analyses changes in these over time. The EU has expanded its policy scope and taken in many more members transferring powers to common supranational institutions in a way seen nowhere else in the world.

The EU's Lisbon Strategy

Evaluating Success, Understanding Failure

Author: P. Copeland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137272163

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

View: 4460

How successful was the EU's Lisbon Strategy? This volume provides the first comprehensive assessment of the Strategy and reflects on its key developments during its 10-year cycle. The volume contains both theoretical and empirical contributions by some of the leading scholars of EU studies across the social sciences.

European Disunion

Between Sovereignty and Solidarity

Author: J. Hayward,R. Wurzel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271353

Category: Political Science

Page: 337

View: 841

The Euro crisis catapulted the EU into its most serious political crisis since its inception, leaving it torn between opposing demands for more sovereignty and solidarity. This volume focuses on the key themes of disunion, sovereignty and solidarity. It assesses the main EU institutions: member states, civil society actors and policy areas.

Tamed Power

Germany in Europe

Author: Peter J. Katzenstein

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801484490

Category: Political Science

Page: 314

View: 2798

Although Germany is larger than any other member of the European Union and plays a crucial role in the economic and political life of Eastern Europe, its power is now funneled through the institutions of the European Union rather than erupting in a narrow, power-defined sense of national self-interest.

Mitteleuropa revisited

Warum Europas Zukunft in Mitteleuropa entschieden wird

Author: Erhard Busek,Emil Brix

Publisher: Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau

ISBN: 3218011191

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 4717

Heute existieren zwei große Ansichten zu Mitteleuropa. Für die einen ist es die größte europäische Erfolgsgeschichte der letzten Jahrzehnte, weil eine friedliche, vollständige Transformation zu Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft und die Eingliederung in die westeuropäischen Wirtschafts- und Sicherheitsstrukturen gelungen sind. Für die anderen ist Mitteleuropa zu einer fragmentierten und teilweise marginalisierten Region geworden, aus der keine Vorschläge für Europas Zukunft kommen, die sich in der Migrationskrise unsolidarisch verhält und in der politische Stabilität nur um den Preis starker nationalpopulistischer Politik zu erreichen ist. 1986 veröffentlichten Erhard Busek und Emil Brix das Buch "Projekt Mitteleuropa", das eine verbindende, grenzüberschreitende Utopie in einer Welt der feindseligen Extremismen präsentierte. Für viele Dissidenten in Ostmitteleuropa war diese Idee eine Chiffre der Hoffnung gegen das von Moskau gelenkte System, bis 1989 der Eiserne Vorhang fiel. Es scheint, dass Europa heute ein neues Nachdenken über Mitteleuropa braucht, um zu sich und zur Vernunft zu kommen.

Denmark and the European Union

Author: Lee Miles,Anders Wivel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135103259

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 482

This book offers an accessible, coherent and comprehensive analysis of the recent, contemporary and future challenges and possibilities facing Denmark in the European integration process. The book traces the formal as well as the informal ways of influence and adaptation in Denmark’s relations with the European Union. In doing so, it also offers a contribution to our understanding of Europe as a differentiated political arena. Topics covered include: Identifying the challenges and opportunities of Danish EU membership, via the policies pursued by Denmark in Europe. The ways in which Denmark adapts to the European integration process . Consequences of EU integration for citizen rights, democracy, policy coordination and implementation efficiency. Denmark and the European Union will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union and integration politics.