Since its creation, the European Union (EU) has been a participant in the activities of other International Organisations (IOs) or has been working together with them. Still, little information is available on what this long-term involvement with(in) IOs means for International Relations and European Studies. Why has the EU been involved with(in) IOs on such a long-term basis? How? With what impact? These three key research questions are addressed in this innovative volume, in a bid to explore the continuity of EU action with(in) IOs. While written by a diversity of authors (from European Studies or from International Relations, Europeans or non-Europeans) and from a diversity of disciplines (in particular Law and Political Science), each chapter of the volume elaborates on three common political concepts derived from three-fold questioning: commitment (for the why question), consistency (for the how question), and effects (for the question of impact).
Consisting of a two part structure, the book is focussed in Part I on more general trends of the EU’s long-term participation with(in) IOs - with contributions by A. Wetzel, P. Debaere, F. De Ville, J. Orbie, B. Saenen and J. Verschaeve, and P. Nedergaard and M. D. Jensen - and in Part II on more precise case studies on labour standards, public services, flexicurity, human trafficking and security - with contributions by R. Kissack, A. Crespy, E. Xiarchogiannopoulou and D. Tsarouhas, B. Simmons and A. DiSilvestro, and N. Græger. Highly useful for students, academics and experts, this volume combines a clear and easy-to-use framework with new empirical data.
'Amandine Orsini has assembled an impressive array of scholars and produced a volume that rigorously analyses the EU’s action within a variety of international organisations. An innovative addition to the literature on the EU’s relations with other institutions.' - Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
'This coherent volume provides a rich analysis of the EU’s role in international organisations. It is nuanced and clear - highly recommended for those interested in the external relations of the EU.' - Michael Zürn, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Introduction - Studying the EU with(in) International Organisations: Research Agenda [Amandine Orsini]
Part I: The European Union with(in) International organisations: Broader Pictures
1. Methodology, Studying the EU’s Long-term Participation with(in) International Organisations: Research Design, Methods and Data [Anne Wetzel]
2. Membership. The Evolution of EU Membership in Major International Organisations [Peter Debaere, Ferdi De Ville, Jan Orbie, Bregt Saenen and Joren Verschaeve]
3. Representation. Who is Sitting in the EU’s Chair at the UN? Member States, Presidencies and the Commission [Peter Nedergaard and Mads Dagnis Jensen]
Part II: The European Union with(in) International Organisations: Case Studies
4. Labour Standards. An Historical Account of the EU Involvement with(in) the ILO [Robert Kissack]
5. Public Services, Challenging European Politics: The Liberalisation of Public Services at the World Trade Organisation [Amandine Crespy]
6. Flexicurity. The EU Actorness at the ILO on Flexicurity [Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou and Dimitris Tsarouhas]
7. Human Trafficking. The European Union Commitment to Fight Human Trafficking [Beth Simmons and Ashley DiSilvestro]
8. Security. EU-NATO Relations: Informal Coorperation as a Common Lifestyle [Nina Græger]
Conclusion - Studying the EU with(in) International Organisations: Main Results [Amandine Orsini]
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