Explaining Euro-Paralysis: Why Europe Is Unable to Act in International Politics

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Jan Zielonka analyzes the apparent failure of the European Union to create a common foreign and security policy (CFSP). He argues that European paralysis is basically caused by democracy and identity problems. Common policies do not work because they do not really enjoy genuine public legitimacy. Europeans do not have a high degree of natural affinity with these policies and they virtually have no control over them. Traditional foreign policy concerns such as power, institutions and national interested were found...

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Overview

Jan Zielonka analyzes the apparent failure of the European Union to create a common foreign and security policy (CFSP). He argues that European paralysis is basically caused by democracy and identity problems. Common policies do not work because they do not really enjoy genuine public legitimacy. Europeans do not have a high degree of natural affinity with these policies and they virtually have no control over them. Traditional foreign policy concerns such as power, institutions and national interested were found less crucial in explaining the CFSP failures. What can be done? The union should make some basic strategic choices about its purpose, functions and territory. One choice suggested in the book is to opt for a civilian power model for the Union, the other is to define the borders of the Union. The 1997 treaty of Amsterdam has only reaffirmed the long-standing ambiguity about the Union's geographic reach and purpose. The book argues that such ambiguity has proved to be a grave liability for the Union.

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Analyzes the apparent failure of the European Union to create common foreign and security policy (CFSP), arguing that this Euro-paralysis is caused by democracy and identity problems, that Europeans do not have a high degree of natural affinity with common policies, and that the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam only reaffirmed the long-standing ambiguity about the Union's geographic reach and purpose. Suggests ways to remedy the problem, such as a civilian power model for the Union, and stricter definition of the borders of the Union. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312214630
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: St. Antony's Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Zielonka has been Associate Professor at Leiden University since 1983.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Beyond Euro-optimism and skepticism 1
1 Power politics, again 25
The world of realpolitik 26
A different reading of recent history 33
Power politics' new style 39
Hegemonic atavism 43
2 Divergent traditions and conflicting interests 55
National policies: convergence versus divergence 57
The pulling effect of Europe 61
Confusing visions of Europe 66
The West, Atlanticism and Euramerica 68
Defining Europe's borders 72
National versus European identity 78
3 Paradigm lost and conceptual confusion 97
The madness of unlimited choice 99
Ambiguous challenges, risks, and threats 102
Confusing strategies 105
Competing rationalities 110
Drafting specific policies: three cases 115
Beyond conceptual consensus 123
4 The crisis of modern democracy 137
The crisis of representation 139
The crisis of democratic culture 147
Globalization and democratic effectiveness 152
Democracy and foreign policy 156
5 Weak institutions 177
The spill-over illusion? 180
The institutional labyrinth 185
The battle of institutions 191
The limits of institutional engineering 197
The way out of the labyrinth 201
Conclusions: The choices to be made 219
Selected Bibliography 239
Index 257
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