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1st Edition

Europe's Global Role
External Policies of the European Union

Edited By

Jan Orbie

ISBN 9780754677215
Published February 28, 2009 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 2008 and based on an innovative framework for analysing the EU's external politics, this paperback edition provides a historical overview of and theoretical conclusions about the EU's global role. Taking an original approach, the volume highlights the expanding political science literature on Europe's international role in a range of external policy domains. It focuses in particular on the 'soft' dimension of Europe's international action which has previously been much neglected. Carefully structured to make this ideal supplementary reading for students and scholars of European politics and foreign policy, the book will equally appeal to a wider audience in political economy, security policy and international relations more generally.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; A civilian power in the world? Instruments and objectives in European Union external policies, Jan Orbie; The European Union's role in world trade: harnessing globalisation?, Jan Orbie; The European Union's international development policy: leading and benevolent?, Jan Orbie and Helen Versluys; European Union humanitarian aid: lifesaver or political tool?, Helen Versluys; The external dimension of EU asylum and migration policy: expanding Fortress Europe?, Steven Sterkx; Legal power and normative sources in the field of social policy: normative power Europe at work?, Tonia Novitz; Green civilian power Europe?, Edith Vanden Brande; The external dimension of EU competition policy: exporting Europe's core business?, Angela Wigger; EU external energy policies: a paradox of integration, Andrei V. Belyi; 'Everybody needs good neighbours': the EU and its neighbourhood, Viktoriya Khasson, Syuzanna Vasilyan and Hendrik Vos; Civilian power Europe and Eastern enlargement: the more the merrier?, Eline De Ridder, An Schrijvers and Hendrik Vos; Index.

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Jan Orbie is Professor of European Union Politics at the Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.


'...makes a fine contribution to the literature on the EU's global role. It focuses squarely on first principles: the EU's core policy areas, rather than the popular but often over-examined Common Foreign and Security Policy. Each chapter elucidates the external aspects of key socio-economic policies, contrasting rhetoric and reality; policy objectives and instruments. It whets the appetite for more scholarship from Ghent University's new Centre for EU Studies.' Desmond Dinan, George Mason University, USA '...provides a comprehensive survey of the European Union's external policies, especially those that are governed by the first pillar. It is a carefully crafted policy study concentrating on the probably most under-estimated and under-researched dimension of European foreign policy. Well-conceived and highly informative, Europe's Global Role provides an excellent and comprehensive survey of "civilian" policies such as development, trade, energy and enlargement policies.' Knud Erik Jørgensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark 'Perhaps the greatest strength of the book is its ability to go beyond some of the more general statements regarding EU "soft power" and to provide rigorous empirical detail of what this actually means in practice...To my knowledge, this book provides the most up-to-date and detailed documentation in print at present of EU foreign policy from a "soft power" perspective.' International Affairs