1st Edition

EU Foreign and Interior Policies Cross-Pillar Politics and the Social Construction of Sovereignty

By Stephen Stetter Copyright 2007
    260 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers an innovative theoretical and empirical analysis of integration in EU foreign and interior policies across the three pillars, from the Maastricht Treaty to the Treaty of Nice.

    The establishment of the three pillar structure with the Maastricht Treaty has been one of the key transformations of European governance. This divided EU policies into three main areas: European Community, Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) and for the first time the two sovereignty related areas of foreign and interior policies became part of the formal governance structure of the EU.

    This is the first volume to present a comparative perspective on how integration in both areas across the three pillars has contributed to the construction of a distinct sovereignty dimension of the EU. Drawing from sociological institutionalism and on the basis of the two case studies of EU Middle East and migration policies, it offers a comprehensive empirical analysis of cross-pillar policy-making dynamics in foreign and interior policies in the EU.

    EU Foreign and Interior Policies will appeal to scholars and researchers interested in international relations, European Union politics and Middle East studies.

    1. Introduction  Part 1: Theoretical Framework: Addressing the Functional Dynamics in the Integration of Foreign and Interior Policies at the EU Level  2. The Construction of an EU Insider/Outsider Distinction  Part 2: The Institutional and Substantive Dynamics of Cross-Pillarization  3. Authority Delegation to Supranational Actors: Primary Capabilities  4. Authority Delegation in Between Treaty Reforms: The Secondary Capabilities of Supranational Actors  5. Substantive Cross-Pillar Linkages in Foreign and Interior Affairs: The Cases of EU Middle East and Migration Policies  Part 3: Policy-Making in Cross-Pillar Settings: Actor Preferences and Policy-Making Dynamics  6. The Divergent Policy Preferences of Supranational Actors in Foreign and Interior Policies: Tackling the Myth of Supranational Unity  7. Patterns of Policy-Making in EU Foreign and Interior Policies: Executive Dominance and Co-Ordination Problems  8. Conclusion  Bibliography


    Stephen Stetter