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National and European Foreign Policies

Towards Europeanization, 1st Edition

Edited by Reuben Wong, Christopher Hill


304 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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National and European Foreign Policy explores the processes of interaction between the national and the European levels in foreign policy making in European Union states. The volume also assesses the mutual influence which the Member States exert on each other, independent of the EU institutions, thus tracing the extent to which Member State foreign policies are being Europeanized into more convergent, coordinated policies.

With chapters examining France, Germany, Italy, UK, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Finland, Poland and Slovenia, the overarching questions the volume addresses centre on the nature of the relationship between the foreign policies of the Member States and ‘European’ foreign policy. Engaging with ‘Europeanization’ with theoretical rigour, the contributors to this volume examine the EU’s impact on the foreign policies of Member States old and new, the impact of the Member States on the EU’s external relations, and the influence of the Member States on each other’s foreign policies.

Providing interesting detail on changes in foreign policy thinking and national policies using the concept of Europeanization, National and European Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics and policy formation, foreign policy and International Relations.


"The volume is a welcome addition and significant contribution to the literature on Europeanization of national foreign policy. In sum, this is highly recommended reading for students and scholars with an interest in this subject area." - Antonio Raimundo, International Affairs, Vol. 88, 5, September 2012

"The book's findings are useful and provide researchers with fertile material for debate. Newcomers to the field of Europeanization will gain thorough and solid knowledge, while both practitioners and intellectuals will learn how to apply different methods and points of views in analysing foreign policy outcomes." - Dario Sabbioni, The International Spectator, Vol. 47, No. 4, December 2012

‘The volume demonstrates more convergence and coordination of national foreign policies than is generally recognised, but the range of Europeanisation varies by state. For some, foreign policy Europeanisation is primarily about process and instrument; for others, it is about joint action. The authors conclude that, in a circular relationship between national and EU foreign policy preferences, states react individually to propositions discussed collectively. Mutations in national positions occur that – in the absence of the EU context – would not likely have occurred. The volume focuses on overall patterns of convergence using counterfactual reasoning…In demonstrating the need to evaluate Europeanisation from the perspective of non-EU actors, this volume will stimulate new scholarship on Europeanisation in its global manifestations. The findings challenge the Kagans, Mearsheimers, Kupchans, and other critics of the EU as an international actor. The sceptics have to square their assumptions with the fact that EU foreign policy exists, in all its unevenness, and does so because it is in the interests of its member states. Building on and filling gaps in previous works on Europeanisation, this volume is a must-read as it takes its place in the canon on EU foreign policy studies.’ - Roy H. Ginsberg, Skidmore College, USA, in West European Politics 35(3):697-8.

'This book is highly recommended reading for those who are interested in foreign policy, whether within the specific context of the EU or not. National and European Foreign Policies will certainly serve as a key reference point in the literature' - Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK in Diplomacy and Statecraft 23(3):610-2.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Reuben Wong and Christopher Hill 2. France: Europeanization by Default? Frédéric Charillon and Reuben Wong 3. Germany in the European Union Patricia Daehnhardt 4. Resisting Europe? The Case of Italy’s Foreign Policy Elisabetta Brighi 5.Europeanization and British Foreign Policy Michael Aktipis and Tim Oliver 6. Denmark: A Committed Member – With Opt-Outs! Henrik Larsen 7.Greece: From Special Case to Limited Europeanisation Charalambos Tsardanidis and Stelios Stavridis 8.Spain and Europe: Mutual Reinforcement in Foreign Policy Esther Barbé 9. The Europeanization of Finnish Foreign Policy: Pendulum Swings in Slow Motion Hiski Haukkala and Hanna Ojanen 10. Poland: Learning to Play the Brussels Game Karolina Pomorska 11. Slovenia: Searching for a Foreign Policy Identity via the EU Sabina Kajnč 12.Many Actors, One Path? The Meaning of Europeanization in the Context of Foreign Policy Christopher Hill and Reuben Wong

About the Editors

Reuben Wong is Director of Studies at the College of Alice & Peter Tan, and Associate Professor in Political Science at NUS, Singapore.

Christopher Hill is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge

About the Series

Routledge Advances in European Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General