1st Edition

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy
Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom

ISBN 9781138229648
Published April 19, 2017 by Routledge
196 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  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 

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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.