The European Union’s Evolving External Engagement: Towards New Sectoral Diplomacies?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The European Union’s Evolving External Engagement

Towards New Sectoral Diplomacies?, 1st Edition

Edited by Chad Damro, Sieglinde Gstöhl, Simon Schunz


294 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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In recent decades, the external action of the European Union (EU) has been undergoing considerable change. An expansion of the EU’s external policy portfolio can be observed in many areas as previous policies for internal purposes – such as competition, energy, the environment, justice and home affairs or monetary governance but also gender, science, culture or higher education – have developed external dimensions.

This book addresses the EU’s potential to become a more joined-up global actor in its external engagement. It uses a single and innovative analytical framework to examine three clusters of policies: EU internal sectoral and cross-cutting policies with long-standing external engagement, those which have been undergoing considerable change, and originally internal policies whose external dimensions are comparatively more recent. It identifies key explanatory factors for the emergence of (certain forms of) EU external engagement and identifies patterns of the evolving relations between EU internal and external sectoral policies. As such, the book examines and assesses exciting new empirical and theoretical research avenues into European integration studies and offers insights into the extent to which the EU may be considered a more joined-up global actor developing sectoral diplomacies.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students as well as practitioners in the fields of European Union politics, European Union foreign policy, European Politics, diplomacy studies, and more broadly law and international relations.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Joined up Global Actor? EU External Engagement and the Fuzzy Boundaries between Internal and External Policies [Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General of the European External Action Service]

Part I: Introduction and Analytical Framework

1. Introduction: The Expanding Scope of EU External Engagement [Simon Schunz, Chad Damro and Sieglinde Gstöhl]

2. Analytical Framework: Understanding and Explaining EU External Engagement [Simon Schunz, Chad Damro and Sieglinde Gstöhl]

Part II: EU Internal Policies with a Long-standing External Engagement

3. EU External Engagement in Areas with Longstanding Internal Policies: Single Market, Competition Policy and Environmental Policy [Chad Damro and Enrique Ibáñez]

4. The EU’s External Engagement in the Promotion of Gender Equality [Michaela Anna Šimáková]

Part III: EU Internal Policies with Rapidly Evolving External Engagement

5. Crisis in the Euro Area and EU External Engagement in Economic and Monetary Policies [Sara Hurtekant]

6. Work in Progress: The Development of EU External Engagement on Energy [Francesca Batzella]

7. The External Dimension of EU Immigration Policies: Reacting to External Events? [Tommaso Emiliani and Annika Linck]

Part IV: EU Internal Policies with Newly Emerging External Engagement

8. The External Engagement of the European Union in Science and Research: Towards EU Science Diplomacy? [Heiko Prange-Gstöhl]

9. Culture in EU External Relations: The Quest for a Cultural Diplomacy [Simon Schunz]

10. The EU’s External Engagement in Higher Education: Externalizing the Bologna Process [Ludovic Highman]

11. Playing a Different Game: The EU’s Engagement in International Sports Governance [Arnout Geeraert and Edith Drieskens]

Part V: Conclusion

12. Conclusion: Theorizing the Emergence of EU External Engagement [Chad Damro, Sieglinde Gstöhl and Simon Schunz]

About the Editors

Chad Damro is Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Sieglinde Gstöhl is Professor and Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Simon Schunz is Professor in the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is also Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Guest Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

It is a timely moment to launch a new series on European foreign policy. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: conflict in the Middle East and the rise of radical jihadist groups like Islamic State; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; the strategic ambitions of rising powers; and the euro crisis’ impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years and a plethora of new strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series will address the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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