Supranational Governance at Stake: The EU’s External Competences caught between Complexity and Fragmentation, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Supranational Governance at Stake

The EU’s External Competences caught between Complexity and Fragmentation, 1st Edition

Edited by Anne Weyembergh, Mario Telò


320 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the varied competences of the European Union (EU) in relation to its capacity to externalize its policy preferences. Specifically, it explores the continued resilience within the EU’s policy toolbox of supranational modes of governance beyond the State.

The book first situates European experiences of supranationality in relations to the wide variety of regional and global modes of governance it comes into contact with when seeking to deal with an increasingly complex and fragmented international environment. Over the course of its subsequent sections, the book analyses the resilience, flexibility and adaptability of the EU’s supranational practices across a significant cross-section of policy fields, for example, Area Freedom of Justice, Justice and Security; Socio-economic Governance; or Trade Policies. Overall, these chapters unpack the impact of the EU’s internal institutional complexity on the EU's external capacity to export its preferences in an increasingly fragmented international environment. This in turn, sees the book also question whether the EU has the institutional tools to guarantee and implement consistency between its internal and external policies.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU politics/studies and more broadly to International relations, International/EU Law, comparative regionalism, international political economy, security studies, international law.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Pascal Lamy

Part I: Horizontal and Transversal Issues Associated with the EU’s Supranational Competences

1. Supranationality and Sovereignty in an Era of Increasing Complexity and Fragmentation

Mario Telò and Anne Weyembergh

2. The Implications of Supranationality and Legitimacy: A legal perspective

Nicolas Levrat

3. Configuring the Rule of Law in the EU Polity: Between supranationality and sovereignty

Ramona Coman

Part II: The External Dimension of the EU’s AFSJ

4. External Unity, Institutional Complexity and Structural Fragmentation: The evolution of EU external competence in the AFSJ

Marise Cremona

5. Externalising the Policy against Trafficking in Human Beings: When supranationality meets its limits

Chloé Brière

6. Finding a Path through a Multi-headed Interregional Relationship: The EU’s action vis-à-vis the ASEAN region in criminal matters

Céline Cocq

Part III: The External Dimension of the EU’s Sustainable Development Efforts

7. The EU’s Legal Framework and the Limits of its External Environmental Regulatory Influence

Marianne Dony

8. Global Environmental Complexity and the Limits of the EU’s External Regulatory Actorness

Amandine Orsini and Loïc Cobut

9. The European Union’s External Governance in the Area of Rural Development: Understanding the consequences

Laura Gelhaus

Part IV: The External Dimension of the EU’s Contribution Towards Global Economic and Monetary Governance

10. Addressing the Difficulty of How to Represent the Euro Area/EU within the IMF

Jean-Victor Louis

11. The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Global Macroeconomic Imbalances

László Andor and Paolo Pasimeni

12. The EU’s External Competition Policy: A Hybrid Approach

Hikaru Yoshizawa

Part V: Trade Policy

13. Commercial Policy: The European Union and the world trade and investment order

Stephen Woolcock

14. The Evolution of the EU Investment Policy since the Lisbon Treaty: From a Conservative to an Innovative Policy?

Laurence Marquis

15. Investigating Supranationality in Rule-making Related to Preferential Trade Agreements

Kevin Kalomeni


Various Forms of Governance beyond the State: The price to pay for the resilience of European supranationality in the face of complexity and change

Mario Telò, Anne Weyembergh and Frederik Ponjaert

About the Editors

Anne Weyembergh is Professor at institut d’études européennes (IEE-ULB) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Director of the Center for European Law of the Law Faculty at the ULB, Belgium.

Mario Teló is Professor of International Relations at the LUISS-Guido Carli, Rome and IEE-ULB, Brussels, Belgium.

About the Series

Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism

Established and edited by Professor Mario Teló (ULB & LUISS) and Frederik Ponjaert (ULB & Waseda), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) sponsored GEM Series published by Routledge brings together original peer-reviewed publications on: "Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism"

The series offers an interdisciplinary platform for original peer-reviewed publications on the institutions, norms and practices associated with Globalisation, Multilateralism and the European Union. Each published volume delves into a given dynamic shaping either the global-regional nexus or the role of the EU therein. It offers original insights into: globalisation and its associated governance challenges; the changing forms of multilateral cooperation and the role of transnational networks; the impact of new global powers and the corollary multipolar order; the lessons born from comparative regionalism and interregional partnerships; as well as the distinctive instruments the EU mobilises in its foreign policies and external relations.

The GEM Series’ edited volumes, monographs and textbooks all aim at contributing to further innovation in the fields of European Integration and International Studies. An International Advisory Board with leading scholars from across all five continents further supports the series with input and guidance.

Proposals for, and any contact about, the series in the first instance should be addressed to:

Series editor Professor Mario Teló [email protected]

Series Manager Dr Frederik Ponjaert [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European