1st Edition

The Performance of the EU in International Institutions

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Performance of the EU in International Institutions marks one of the first attempts to systematically analyse the subject. It focuses on the role of the EU in decision-making within international organizations and regimes as a major locus of global governance. The book unpacks the concept of EU performance into four core elements: effectiveness (goal achievement); efficiency (ratio between outputs accomplished and costs incurred); relevance (of the EU for its priority stakeholders); and financial/resource viability (the ability of the performing organization to raise the funds required). Based on the case studies herein, the findings presented in this book relate to the identified core elements of performance with a particular emphasis on the dimensions of  'effectiveness' and 'relevance'. Most notably, the EU appears, on balance and over the past two decades, to have become much more relevant for its member states when acting within international institutions. The book highlights four particular factors explaining EU performance in international institutions: the status of relevant EU legislation and policies, the legal framework conditions including the relevant changes that the Lisbon Treaty has brought about, domestic EU politics, and the international context.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration

    1. Assessing the EU’s Performance in International Institutions – Conceptual Framework and Core Findings Knud Erik Jørgensen, Sebastian Oberthür and Jamal Shahin

    2. The Legal Framework for the Participation of the European Union in International Institutions Ramses A. Wessel

    3. The EU at the World Bank: Institutional and Policy Performance Eugenia Baroncelli

    4. The Performance of the European Union in the International Labour Organization Robert Kissack

    5. The European Union’s Performance in the International Climate Change Regime Sebastian Oberthür

    6. The European Union’s Performance in the International Telecommunication Union Jamal Shahin

    7. The EU’s Performance in the World Health Organization: Internal Cramps after the ‘Lisbon cure’ Louise van Schaik

    8. The Rise and Fall(?) of the EU’s Performance in the Multilateral Trading System Alasdair R. Young

    9. The EU's Performance in the United Nations Security Council Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis

    10. The EU’s Performance with and within NATO: Assessing Objectives, Outcomes and Organisational Practices Nina Græger and Kristin M. Haugevik


    Sebastian Oberthür is Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Recent publications include Managing Institutional Complexity: Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change (MIT Press, 2011).

    Knud Erik Jørgensen is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University. Previous publications include The European Union and International Organisations (Routledge, 2008).

    Jamal Shahin is Assistant Professor in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Previous publications include The Idea of a United Europe: Political, Economic and Cultural Integration Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Macmillan, 2000).