The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy

Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom, 1st Edition

By Evangelos Fanoulis


178 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Due to the increase of security challenges in the proximity of Europe, the prominence of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has augmented. This book is a systematic effort to empirically approach the democratic deficit of CSDP, to understand its social construction and propose ways to remedy it.

The book uses Foucault’s approach of governmentality to unravel the social construction of this deficit and to illuminate the power relations between the different actors participating in CSDP governance and the constraints upon them. Finally, applying the normative reading of agonistic democracy, the author suggests concrete ways for EU citizens to have a say in the political choices of statesmanship in CSDP governance.

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of EU foreign and security policy and more broadly of European governance, European Politics and democracy.


‘Evans Fanoulis provides an excellent empirical and theoretical analysis of the democratic deficits of CSDP policy using a governmentality approach adapted from Foucault. He then draws on research in agonistic democracy and trust-building to show how practices of civic engagement could overcome these deficits. This careful study also has important implications for democratic participation in the EU more generally.’ - James Tully, University of Victoria, Canada.

‘This is an authoritatively written text, sparkled with conceptual innovation, rich empirical analysis and convincing arguments. It is strongly recommended to all academics and students interested in the subject of CSDP governance.’ - Emil Kirchner, University of Essex, UK.

‘This is a timely study. It is especially valuable to both scholars and practitioners concerned to explore the complexities of the current European Union debate over defence and security issues. The author has combined theoretical insight with details of empirical analysis to produce a major work effectively challenging the conventional wisdom.’ - J. Spence OBE FKC, Kings College London, UK.

‘This book provides a very original and significant contribution to the literature on the democratic deficit, especially in the area of European Security and Defence Policy. It is a must read for all scholars and students wondering how we can create a better Europe, which is particularly important after the recent Brexit vote. Fanoulis provides a highly original agonistic democracy framework, which will enhance our understanding of the European Union more generally. I highly recommend this book.’ - Christian Kaunert, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

'By using and applying the post-positivist notion of governmentality, Fanoulis will especially please supporters of the Foucauldian notion of governmentality and those scholars interested in the study of legitimacy in the making of the European security and defence policy.' - Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters, 2017. Book review in the European Security Journal.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Democratic Quality of EU Security and Defence: Empirical Assessment

1. Framing and contextualising the democratic legitimacy of CSDP

2. A qualitative investigation of CSDP’s legitimacy

Part II: The Democratic Deficit of CSDP: Social Construction

3. Practices of Governance: Policy Design

4. Practices of Governance: Public Dissemination

Part III: From CSDP’s Democratic Deficit to a More Integrated EU Polity

5. Practices of freedom: Citizen participation in CSDP governance

6. Conclusion: Democratisation of CSDP and European Integration

About the Author

Evangelos Fanoulis is postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Security Studies (C4SS), Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic. He was previously Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester and Fellow at the University of Essex, UK.

About the Series

Critical European Studies

European Studies as a field of academic inquiry is often conflated with European Union Studies. The result is that many significant trends, processes, and events pertaining to Europe as a whole are not given adequate critical analysis. The Critical European Studies Series aims at filling this gap. Critical European Studies will have a strong grounding in many fields of research in its effort to introduce critical analyses to the study of Europe and the EU that shall be rooted in a broad spectrum of theoretical perspectives. Approaches based upon historiographical, sociological, linguistic, anthropological, post-colonial, ethnographic, philosophical, post-structuralist, feminist, etc. perspectives are particularly welcome, since these frameworks only receive sporadic attention. Without putting into question the value of specific policy approaches, although individual studies in the series might undertake this task, the Critical European Studies book series attempts to bring together alternative approaches to critical analyses of European politics (including European Union politics), while overcoming disciplinary borders and paradigms. Behind this scholarly enterprise stands an enthusiastic embrace of the project and accomplishments of the European Union, but we perceive the EU and European Union Studies in need to consider many different critical correctives of its political ideas and ideals.

The series is edited by Yannis Stivachtis, Virginia Tech.
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Editorial Board

József BOROCZ (Rutgers University, USA) Thomas DIEZ (University of Tuebingen, Germany) Annica KRONSELL (Lund University, Sweden) Timothy W. LUKE (Virginia Tech, USA) Ian MANNERS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) William OUTHWAITE (Newcastle University, UK) Robert PHILLIPSON (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) Jo SHAW (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) Gerard TOAL (Virginia Tech, USA) Nathalie TOCCI (Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy) Wilhelm VOSSE (Christian International University, Tokyo, Japan) Mark WEBBER (University of Birmingham, UK) Richard G. WHITMAN (University of Kent, UK) Antje WIENER (University of Hamburg, Germany) Michael WINTLE (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Nikolaos ZAHARIADIS (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) Jan ZIELONKA (University of Oxford, UK).

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