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Constrained Balancing : The EU's Security Policy - D. Peters

Constrained Balancing

The EU's Security Policy

By: D. Peters

Hardcover Published: 26th May 2010
ISBN: 9780230242142
Number Of Pages: 264
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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In 1999, ten years of heated debate about the EU's role in defense policy came to an end, when the EU decided to establish an autonomous security and defense policy. Germany and Britain had been key players in the years leading to this decision. But they played markedly different roles -- the former endorsing the idea from the beginning, the latter dragging its heels and only reluctantly becoming a supporter. Nonetheless both British and German policies can be understood as responses to impulses from the international system. The end of the Cold War prompted both states to pursue a policy of balancing US power. Yet international institutions constrained their balancing efforts differently. To demonstrate this, this study builds on the theories of neo-realism and historical institutionalism and develops the approach of structure-based foreign policy analysis: a new mode of analyzing security policies as responses to the international environment.

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 3
Overviewp. 3
Structures in foreign policy analysis: A fallow fieldp. 5
Structures and security policy: Shortcomings of the balancing debatep. 7
Addressing the shortfalls: A framework for analyzing the role of structure in security policyp. 17
Applying and refining the framework: The UK, Germany and ESDPp. 21
Plan of the bookp. 25
Structure and Policy: A Framework for Analysisp. 28
Overviewp. 28
Using IR theory to explain foreign policy: From structure to actionp. 29
Neorealism as a starting point: International anarchy as a basic constraint on security policyp. 36
Modifying the neorealist argument: History mattersp. 41
Security policies in the international system: The incentive structurep. 54
From framework to analysis: The way aheadp. 57
A Guide for Analysisp. 59
Overviewp. 59
Case studies and their benefitsp. 59
How case studies can explore causal links: Congruence procedure and process tracingp. 60
Comparing case studies: The method of structured focused comparisonp. 64
Designing the analysis of British and German policies toward ESDPp. 65
Structure of the studyp. 70
Britain and Germany at the End of the Cold Warp. 73
Overviewp. 73
Britain and Germany in the international distribution of powerp. 74
The institutional setting at the end of the Cold Warp. 77
Britain and Germany at the end of the Cold Warp. 108
From the End of Bipolarity to the Petersberg Declaration (1990-92)p. 111
Overviewp. 111
Introductionp. 111
Background: Political developmentsp. 113
Incentive structuresp. 119
British policyp. 120
German policyp. 132
From Petersberg to Amsterdam (1992-97)p. 143
Overviewp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Background: Political developmentsp. 144
Incentive structuresp. 151
British policyp. 153
German policyp. 165
From Amsterdam to Cologne (1997-99)p. 173
Overviewp. 173
Introductionp. 173
Background: Political developmentsp. 174
Incentive structuresp. 177
British policyp. 179
German policyp. 191
Summarizing, Deconstructing, Reconsidering the Resultsp. 201
Overviewp. 201
Summarizing the results: Framework and implicationsp. 202
Deconstructing the results: An orrery of errors?p. 210
Reconsidering the resultsp. 214
Appendixp. 219
Notesp. 222
Referencesp. 240
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780230242142
ISBN-10: 0230242146
Series: Palgrave Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 26th May 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1