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European Integration and Postcolonial Sovereignty Games

The EU Overseas Countries and Territories

Edited by Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Ulrik Pram Gad

© 2013 – Routledge (Monograph (DRM-Free))

252 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines how sovereignty works in the context of European integration and postcolonialism. Focusing on a group of micro-polities associated with the European Union, it offers a new understanding of international relations in the context of modern sovereignty.

This book offers a systematic and comparative analysis of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), the EU and the four affected Member States: UK, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. Contributors explore how states and state-like entities play ‘sovereignty games’ to understand how a group of postcolonial entities may strategically use their ambiguous status in relation to sovereignty. The book examines why former colonies are seeking greater room to manoeuvre on their own, whilst simultaneously developing a close relationship to the supranational EU. Methodologically sophisticated, this interdisciplinary volume combines interviews, participant observation, textual, legal and institutional analysis for a new theoretical approach to understanding the strategic possibilities and subjectivity of non-sovereign entities in international politics.

Bringing together research on European integration and postcolonial theory, European Integration and Postcolonial Sovereignty Games will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, EU studies, Postcolonial studies, International Law and Political Theory.


'This book provides a unique and generally comprehensive and nuanced account of the relationship the OCTs have with the EU and their administering powers. The strongest part of the book lies with the case studies and particularly the French territories, which are rarely considered in the English academic literature. Further, the book highlights well the differences that exist between each OCT and the EU.' - Peter Clegg, University of West England

"This book is a remarkably interesting read. It provides a new and very useful insight into some of the practical, complex political, legal, economical, and social relations characteristic of the postcolonial world of the 21st century. It could be gratifying to many disciplines." - Hanne Petersen, University of Copenhagen, Politik 16(4):62-4

"This book successfully brings together research on European integration and postcolonial theory. It sheds a unique, comprehensive and original light on the triangular relationship between the OCTs, their administering powers and the EU, which will certainly appeal to scholars and students of International Relations, EU Studies, Postcolonial Studies and Development Studies." - Joren Verschaeve, Ghent University, Journal of Common Market Studies, 2014, 52(4)

'The value of the book rests not on its conclusions but in its survey of the subject matter. It is the only academic text to do so and as such a necessary starting point for any future review of EU-OCT relations. It is unlikely that a book on this subject would ever have appeared had it not been Denmark’s turn to take the EU Presidency when it was being researched; in the end, we must be thankful to the Danish academics who seized the opportunity thus presented to produce an innovative and very welcome study.' - Paul Sutton, Island Studies Journal, Vol.8, No.1, 2013 p179-184

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Postcolonial Sovereignty Games Ulrik Pram Gad and Rebecca Adler-Nissen 2. Postcolonial Sovereignty: Experimentation with Statehood and Self-Determination Siba N. Grovogui 3. Late Sovereignty Postintegration Europe: Continuity and Change in a Constitutive Concept Cormac Mac Amhlaigh 4. The Micropolity Sovereignty Experience: Decolonizing, but not Disengaging Godfrey Baldacchino 5. European Union: Facilitating the OCTs in Brussels Ida Hannibal, Kristine Holst, Ulrik Pram Gad, and Rebecca Adler-Nissen 6. British conceptions of state, identity, and sovereignty: Shifting global contexts Ulf Hedetoft 7. Symbiotic Sovereignties: The Untold Story of the British Overseas Territories Ronen Palan 8. Sovereignty Games and Global Finance: The Cayman Islands William Vlcek 9. Jurisdiction in Dialect: Sovereignty Games in the British Virgin Islands Bill Maurer 10. French Concepts of State: Nation, ‘Country’ (Patrie), and the Overseas Ulla Holm 11. Will the EU and the euro lead to More Sovereignty? French Polynesia Bernard Poirine 12. Negotiating Postcolonial Identities in the Shadow of the EU: New Caledonia Peter Brown 13. Between Europe and Africa: Mayotte Karis Muller 14. Postcolonial Sovereignty Games with Europe in the Margins: The Netherlands, the Antilles, and Europe Gert Oostindie 15. Greenland Projecting Sovereignty: Denmark Protecting Sovereignty Away Ulrik Pram Gad 16. Conclusion: When European and Postcolonial Studies Meet Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Ulrik Pram Gad

About the Editors

Rebecca Adler-Nissen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ulrik Pram Gad is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Security Studies (CAST), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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New International Relations

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