1st Edition

Supranational Governance at Stake The EU’s External Competences caught between Complexity and Fragmentation

Edited By Mario Telò, Anne Weyembergh Copyright 2020
    306 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

    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.