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European Foreign Policy : The EC and Changing Perspectives in Europe - Walter E. Carlsnaes

European Foreign Policy

The EC and Changing Perspectives in Europe

By: Walter E. Carlsnaes (Editor), Steve Smith (Editor)

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Published: 1st March 1994
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Can the dominant theories in foreign policy analysis explain recent European events-particularly the twin "revolutions" of the ending of the Cold War and the proposed further integration of Europe under the Maastricht Treaty? In "European Foreign Policy" leading international scholars address the implications of this question. Analyzing foreign policy changes in the new Europe, the contributors assess the state and foreign policy, foreign economic policy, the long term future of European security and the role of multinational companies. The book also focuses on foreign policy actors in the light of major theories. The discussions range from the examination of weak power theory in the context of Nordic reactions to the Soviet coup to the agency-structure debate after the collapse of the Cold War European system. In addition, two substantial critiques by specialists from outside the field explore the issues raised in this book from a feminist perspective as well as from a post-modem view of the wider theoretical context within which foreign policy analysis is embedded. A unique contribution, "European Foreign Policy" interrogates the relationship between academic analysis and political reality by examining empirical issues in the light of contemporary theory. It will be of considerable interest to students taking courses on European foreign policy, and to scholars working in foreign policy analysis, international relations theory and the external politics of the European Community and its members.

`A landmark collection of studies by European scholars on the value and relevance of FPA in light of the changing international circumstances. European Foreign Policy is a more coherent product than most edited volumes. It is also a welcome revision of, and addition to, the existing literature. This book is a landmark publication in the sense that it takes new initiatives in, and provides new solutions to, problems that are central to foreign policy analysis. As a consequence, it has a rare cumulative impact in the field' - Mershon International Studies Review



`Of special interest to scholars and graduate students concerned with international relations theory, comparative foreign policy and politics, and FPA. The bibliography is excellent, covering most of the theoretical literature [and] is particularly helpful for those unfamiliar with this literature. Graduate students who are working their way through this labyrinth of conflicting and overlapping theories for the first time will find the volume useful as well as reassuring... As theory and think pieces, all of the essays are of high quality and display impressive control of the sprawling literature that in toto constitutes what passes for theory building in international relations and FPA' - European Security





`This collection of essays looks at what IR theory has to offer for explaining the situation after the Cold War and, in particular, the challenges posed by European integration, a process which is increasingly blurring the boundaries of foreign and domestic policy areas. Steve Smith's introduction sets out the theoretical challenges for European foreign policy analysis, highlighting the fact that the book aims to challenge American intellectual hegemony. Part II examines what IR theory has to say about four key issues: the role of the state, European security, foreign economic policy and multinational enterprises. These chapters are well executed and thought-provoking. They are followed in Part III by the application of the theory to several empirical issues... this is a valuable collection which will not only be widely used among IR students but also deserves close study by European integration specialists' - Political Studies





`A stimulating contribution to the debate on theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis' - Journal of Peace Research





`This very useful collection of fourteen essays is the product of an ongoing collaboration of British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian scholars under the auspices of the European Consortium of Political Research.... these essays are valuable in several ways and in ways that lend insight into the state of foreign policy analysis in Europe... the chapters usefully describe in a broader manner what has been going on in European foreign policy in the past five years. The reader leaves this book with a better sense of the kinds of international pressures faced by European governments and the various ways in which they have sought to reorient their foreign policies... the empirical chapters are usefully focussed on a common phenomenon: the occurence of change in foreign policy.... It is clearly an important contribution to the mainstream of foreign policy analysis, and again especially for a US and other audiences that have not been able to observe close hand the recent events and trends in European international politics' - Cooperation and Conflict

Introduction
Foreign Policy Theory and the New Europe
The Changing Foreign Policy Context of The New Europe
Beyond the Stable State?
Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the New Europe
The Long-Term Future of European Security
Foreign Economic Policy in the New Europe
Multinational Enterprises as Actors
Foreign Policy Actors in The New Europe
The Evolution of the EC/EU as a Single Foreign Policy Actor
Tensions in Sovereignty
Foreign Policies of EC Members Compared
After Maastricht
Explaining the Movement Towards a Common European Defence Policy
Testing Weak Power Theory
Three Nordic Reactions to the Soviet Coup
Changing Course
When Neutral Sweden Chose to Join the European Community
Context and Action in the Collapse of the Cold War European System
Critiques
What's New?
Feminist Observations on the New Europe
Resisting the Temptation of Post Foreign Policy Analysis
Conclusion
In Lieu of a Conclusion
Compatibility and the Agency-Structure Issue in Foreign Policy Analysis
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ISBN: 9780803988170
ISBN-10: 0803988176
Series: Sage Modern Politics Series, 34
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36