How do smaller member states promote their interests in EU foreign policy and external relations?
EU membership can be seen to affect member states’ foreign policy in two ways, either by restricting national policies or empowering states in a challenging global environment. There is a general agreement, however, that the member states, especially smaller ones, have to engage actively in policy-making in order to promote their particular interest.
This cross-policy comparison of the behaviour of Czech Republic’s representatives in the Council and the methods they use to influence the decision-making applies categorisation from lobbying literature to analyse the behaviour of the member state’s representatives and contributes to two strands of scholarship on European Union politics - decision-making in the EU and Europeanization. The book maps the methods of interest promotion that can be used by a member state and analyses the differences in interest promotion across external policy areas.
2. Czech Republic in the EU
3. Perceptions of Czech Representatives in the Council of their Work
4. External trade
5. European Neighbourhood Policy
6. Democracy and Human Rights
7. Common Security and Defence Policy