The EU in the Global Investment Regime: Commission Entrepreneurship, Incremental Institutional Change and Business Lethargy (Hardback) book cover

The EU in the Global Investment Regime

Commission Entrepreneurship, Incremental Institutional Change and Business Lethargy

By Johann Robert Basedow


262 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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The European Union (EU) has emerged as a key actor in the global investment regime since the 1980s. At the same time, international investment policy and agreements, which govern international investment liberalisation, treatment and protection through investor-to-state dispute settlement, have become increasingly contentious in the European public debate.

This book provides an accessible introduction to international investment policy and seeks to explain how the EU became an actor in the global investment regime. It offers a detailed analysis of the EU’s participation in all major trade and investment negotiations since the 1980s and EU-internal competence debates to identify the causes behind the EU’s growing role in this policy domain. Building on principal-agent and historical institutionalist models of incremental institutional change, the book shows that Commission entrepreneurship was instrumental in the emergence of the EU as a key actor in the global investment regime. It refutes business-centred liberal intergovernmental explanations, which suggest that business lobbying made the Member States accept the EU’s growing role and competence in this domain. The book lends support to supranational and challenges intergovernmental thinking on European Integration.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of European and regional integration, EU foreign relations, EU trade and international investment law, business lobbying, and more broadly of international political economy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. European Integration Theory and the EU’s New International Investment Policy

3. An Introduction to International Investment and its Regime

4. An Overview of EU International Investment Policy-Making under the Treaty of Lisbon

5. The EU in Investment-Related Negotiations during the Uruguay Round

6. The EU in Investment-Related Negotiations on the Energy Charter Treaty

7. The EU in Negotiations on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and the Singapore Issues

8. Investment Disciplines in European Free Trade Agreements

9. The Evolution of the EU’s Legal Competences in International Investment Policy

10. Conclusion

About the Author

Johann Robert Basedow is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and an Assistant Professor for International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, UK.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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