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European Union Foreign Policy: What it is and What it Does
     

European Union Foreign Policy: What it is and What it Does

by Hazel Knowles Smith
 

ISBN-10: 074531869X

ISBN-13: 9780745318691

Pub. Date: 03/20/2002

Publisher: Pluto Press

As the European Union is not a nation state, it is not generally perceived to have a foreign policy. However, Hazel Smith argues that quite the reverse is true: that an over-emphasis on procedure and structures has disguised the fact that the EU has a clear foreign policy that can be analysed in much the same way as that of the sovereign state. Conventional

Overview

As the European Union is not a nation state, it is not generally perceived to have a foreign policy. However, Hazel Smith argues that quite the reverse is true: that an over-emphasis on procedure and structures has disguised the fact that the EU has a clear foreign policy that can be analysed in much the same way as that of the sovereign state. Conventional assessments of the EU focus on the mechanisms, institutions and treaties through which policies are implemented. Smith shows how this can lead to a massive underestimation of the capacities of the EU. Rather than concentrating on how the policy of the EU is made, Smith investigates the action that it has engaged in abroad, and the nature of its diverse global interventions - in relation to the United States and the industrialised North, the various regions of the South and, most recently, its huge involvement in east and central Europe and the entire European continent. Developing a pathbreaking geo-issue area analysis of the nature of EU foreign policy, this comprehensive account shows how the EU can be very effective indeed in promoting its own domestic interests abroad.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745318691
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
03/20/2002
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.13(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication

Introduction

1 Does the European Union have a foreign policy?

2 Laying the groundwork: 1945-1968

3 Institutionalising Union foreign policy

4 How it works in practice

5 The European Union and the North

6 The European Union and the neighbouring South

7 The European Union and the distant South

8 The European Union in the New Europe

9 Guns or butter?

Abbreviations and glossary

Bibliography

Index

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