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EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis

Making Sense of Diversity, 1st Edition

Edited by Caterina Carta, Jean-Frederic Morin


290 pages

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Leading scholars in discourse analysis and European foreign policy join forces in this book, marking a real breakthrough in the literature. Not only do they offer original perspectives on European foreign policy, but they bring together various theories on foreign policy discourses that remain too often isolated from each other.

This theoretical diversity is clearly reflected in the book’s four-pronged structure: Part I - Post-structuralist Approaches (with contributions from Thomas Diez, Henrik Larsen and Beste Isleyen); Part II - Constructivist Approaches (with contributions from Knud Erik Jørgensen, Jan Orbie, Ferdi de Ville, Esther Barbé, Anna Herranz-Surrallés and Michal Natorski); Part III - Critical Discourse Analytical Approaches (with contributions from Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Amelie Kutter, Ruth Wodak, Salomi Boukala and Caterina Carta); Part IV - Discursive Institutionalist Approaches (with contributions from Ben Rosamond, Antoine Rayroux and Vivien A. Schmidt). The volume is the first full-length study on how to apply different discourse analytical approaches and methodologies to European foreign policy. The paperback edition makes for a unique selling point as a course text.


’Honouring both the plurality and fecundity that characterises discursive approaches, this book demonstrates the pertinence of focussing on discourses, in their many different hues, for understanding one of the most salient developments of the contemporary international system: the production, reproduction and transformation of Europe. It will be of great interest all at once to students and scholars interested in the role of language in international politics, the workings of international governance, or indeed in the great European project.’ Charlotte Epstein, University of Sydney, Australia ’With its unique collection of essays, this book celebrates two kinds of diversity: the highly diverse discursive environment that constitutes the EU's multifaceted identities, and the many academic approaches to analysing these multiple intersecting narratives. A fascinating read celebrating what we need to accept as the EU's irredeemable polyphony.’ Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University of Oxford, UK ’This book represents an excellent contribution to the literature. First, it unpacks discourse analysis and demonstrates the diversity of the various discursive approaches. Second, it uses these discourse analytical lenses to shed new light on EU foreign policy. Essential reading for anybody interested in the application of discourse analysis to real world� issues!’ Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany ’EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis is the most comprehensive collection to date covering the broad array of discourse analytic approaches to the study of international relations and foreign policy. The chapters make clear that discourse, as a concept, an object of analysis, and a method crosses ontological and epistemological stances and is significant for a diversity of researchers.’ Roxanne Lynn Doty, Arizona State University, USA '… to those who are looking for innovative and creative theoretical contributions or new insigh

Table of Contents

Introduction: EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis [Caterina Carta and Jean-Frédéric Morin]

Part I: Poststructuralist Approaches

1. Speaking Europe, Drawing Boundaries: Reflections on the Role of Discourse in EU Foreign Policy and Identity [Thomas Diez]

2. Continuity or Change in National Foreign Policy Discourses Post-Lisbon? The Case of Denmark [Henrik Larsen]

3. Protection or Prevention? Different Visions of EU International Terrorism Policy [Beste Isleyen]

Part II: Constructivist Approaches

4. Constructing European Diplomacy in a Changing World [Knud Erik Jørgensen]

5. 'A Boost to our Economies that Doesn't Cost a Cent': EU Trade Policy Discourse since the Crisis [Jan Orbie and Ferdi De Ville]

6. Model, Player or Instrument for Global Governance: Metaphors in the Discourse and Practice of EU Foreign Policy [Esther Barbé, Anna Herranz-Surrallés and Michal Natorski]

Part III: Critical Discourse Analytical Approaches

7. Unravelling European Union Foreign Policy through Critical Discourse Analysis: Guidelines for Research [Senem Aydin-Düzgit]

8. (De-)Constructing the EU as a Civilising Power: CFSP/CSDP and the Constitutional Debate in Poland and France [Amelie Kutter]

9. Talking about Solidarity and Security in the Age of Crisis: The Revival of Nationalism and Protectionism in the European Union – a Discourse-Historical Approach [Ruth Wodak and Salomi Boukala]

10. From the 'Magnificent Castle' to the Brutish State of Nature: Use of Metaphors and the Analysis of the EU’s International Discourse [Caterina Carta]

Part IV: Discursive Institutionalist Approaches

11. The EU's Normative Power and Three Modes of Liberal Communicative Discourse [Ben Rosamond]

12. Understanding 'Constructive Ambiguity' of European Defence Policy: A Discursive Institutionalist Perspective [Antoine Rayroux]

13. EU Leaders' Ideas and Discourse in the Eurozone Crisis: A Discursive Institutionalist Analysis [Vivien A. Schmidt]

About the Editors

Caterina Carta is Assistant Professor at Vesalius College (VUB), Belgium, where she teaches Introduction to Political Theory, Introduction to International Relations and Theories of European Integration. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and European Politics from the University of Siena. She is associated researcher at the Institute d'études européennes (IEE) at ULB, Brussels. Her articles have been published in Cooperation and Conflict, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and European Foreign Affairs Review.

Jean-Frédéric Morin is Professor of International Relations at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, where he teaches international political economy, foreign policy analysis, and global environmental politics. His current research projects explore the global politics of intellectual property rights as well as the international biodiversity regime. His work has been published in leading journals such as International Studies Review, Global Governance, European Journal of International Politics, Review of International Political Economy, and Review of International Studies.

About the Series

Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European