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1st Edition

The EU Presence in International Organizations

ISBN 9780415522823
Published February 24, 2012 by Routledge
208 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This study provides a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the European Union presence in International Organisations (IOs). The editors seek to explore both the political and institutional implications of the EU’s interaction with IOs and the effect of the EU’s presence on the functioning of the respective IOs.

The result of an international workshop with an outstanding line up of experts, the book discusses a range of issues, including:

  • The Impact of the EU security contributions to IO’s such as the OSCE, NATO and the UN, and the EU’s role in decision making.
  • The role of EU – US relations in the development of major International Organisations
  • Participation in the Doha Development agenda and the EU’s relationship with the WTO
  • The issues of leadership and coherence within and outside the EU
  • The growing international relationship with the African Union and the more troubled supporting role of the Commonwealth.

Approaching the EU's international interactions from different theoretical and analytical angles, this work clearly discusses the broad spectrum of issues that surround the evolution and future of the European Union in an international context

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The EU Presence in International Organizations  Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis  2. EU Contribution to and Cooperation with Multilateral Organizations Emil J. Kirchner  3. The European Union and NATO: Subordinate Partner, Cooperative Pillar, Competing Pole? James Sperling  4. The EU as a Security Actor: in and with the UN and NATO Hanna Ojanen  5. The Big Three and the High Representative: Dilemmas of Leadership Inside and Outside the EU Christopher Hill  6. The EU, the US and International Organizations: Trade Politics in the Global Political Economy Michael Smith  7. Effective Multilateralism on Trial: EU Compliance with WTO Law Alasdair R. Young  8. The European Commission in the WTO’s DDA Negotiations. A Tale of an Agent, a Single Undertaking, and Twenty-Seven Nervous Principals Bart Kerremans  9.Commonwealth and the European Union: a Multilateralism of International Institutions Paul Taylor  10. Conclusions Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis


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Spyros Blavoukos is Lecturer at the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business.

Dimitris Bourantonis is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Athens University of Economics and Business. His previous books include The History and Politics of UN Security Council Reform (Routledge, 2006) and The UN’s Role in Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations, (Dartmouth, 1993).