1st Edition

Global Networks and European Actors Navigating and Managing Complexity

Edited By George Christou, Jacob Hasselbalch Copyright 2021
    254 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.