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Global Networks and European Actors
Navigating and Managing Complexity

ISBN 9780367720803
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
254 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the ability of the EU and European actor networks to coherently and effectively navigate, manage, and influence debates and policy on the international stage. It also questions whether increasing complexity across a range of critical global issues and networks has affected this ability.

Engaging with the growing theoretical and conceptual literature on networks and complexity, the book provides a deeper understanding of how the European Union and European actors navigate within global networks and complex regimes across a range of regulatory, policy cooperation, and foreign and security policy issue areas. It sheds light on how far they are able to respond to and shape solutions to some of the most pressing challenges on the global agenda in the 21st century.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU/European and global networks and more broadly to European and EU studies, Global Governance, International Relations, International Political Economy, and Foreign Policy and Security Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Networks, complexity, and the global order

George Christou and Jacob Hasselbalch

PART 1: Conceptualising Networks in the Face of Complexity

1. Networks, transnational networks, and global order

Claire Godet and Amandine Orsini

2. World politics as a complex system: Analyzing governance complexity with network approaches

Philipp Pattberg and Oscar Widerberg

3. Controlling governance issues in professional-organizational networks

Lasse Folke Henriksen and Leonard Seabrooke

PART 2: Case Studies in Global Networks and European Actors

4. Ruling in a complex world: Private regulatory networks and the export of European data protection rules

Guillaume Beaumier

5. Navigating an emerging knowledge structure: Where does the EU stand on sustainable finance?

Andreas Dimmelmeier

6. The rise of the EU in international tax policy

Rasmus Corlin Christensen

7. Transnational networks of the sovereign debt restructuring regime

Nicholas Haagensen

8. Environmental governance networks: Climate change and biodiversity

Claire Dupont

9. Global complexity, civil society, and networks

Manfredi Valeriani

10. Multi-level diplomacy in Europe in the digital century: The case of science diplomacy

Luk Van Langenhove and Elke Boers

11. European Union networking against transnational crime

Anja P. Jakobi and Julia Kandt

12. Conclusions: Global Complexity, Networks, and the Role of EU and European Actors

George Christou and Jacob Hasselbalch

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George Christou is Professor of European Politics and Security at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK.

Jacob Hasselbalch is Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.


"This book widens the horizon of international studies by highlighting the rise of networks. This is particularly interesting since in recent years we spoke more about global disorder, witnessing attacks on multilateral organisations and declining resilience to financial crises, but also health emergencies. Reaching out to taxation, science diplomacy as well as anti-crime cooperation, this volume highlights a new dimension, with particular attention to the role and potential of European actors."

László Andor, Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.