1st Edition

Unintended Consequences of EU External Action

Edited By Olga Burlyuk, Gergana Noutcheva Copyright 2020
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a conceptualisation of unintended consequences and addresses a set of common research questions, highlighting the nature (what), the causes (why), and the modes of management (how) of unintended consequences of the European Union’s (EU) external action.

    The chapters in the book engage with conceptual and empirical dimensions of the topic, as well as scholarly and policy implications thereof. They do so by looking at EU external action across various policy domains (including trade, migration, development, state-building, democracy promotion, and rule of law reform) and geographic areas (including the USA, Russia, the Western Balkans, the southern and eastern European neighbourhood, and Africa). The book contributes to the study of the EU as an international actor by broadening the notion of its impact abroad to include the unintended consequences of its (in)actions and by shedding new light on the conceptual paradigms that explain EU external action.

    This book fills the gap in IR and EU scholarship concerning unintended consequences in an international context and will be of interest to anyone studying this important phenomenon. It was originally published as a special issue of The International Spectator (Italian Journal of International Affairs). Chapters 1, 3, 7, 8 and 9 are available Open Access at https://www.routledge.com/products/9780367346492.

    1. Unintended Consequences of EU External Action

    Olga Burlyuk and Gergana Noutcheva

    2. The Unintended Consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

    Ferdi De Ville and Niels Gheyle

    3. Horizontal and Vertical Diversity: Unintended Consequences of EU External Migration Policy

    Natasja Reslow

    4. Purposefully Triggering Unintended Consequences: the European Commission and the Uncertain Future of the EU-ACP Partnership

    Maurizio Carbone

    5. The Unintended Consequences of the EU’s Rural Development Programme in the Arab Countryside

    Christos Kourtelis

    6. The Unintended Consequences of a European Neighbourhood Policy without Russia

    Tom Casier

    7. Unintended Consequences of State-building Projects in Contested States: The EU in Palestine

    Dimitris Bouris

    8. Unintended Consequences of EU Democracy Support in the European Neighbourhood

    Assem Dandashly and Gergana Noutcheva

    9. EU External Action, Intention and Explanation

    Frank de Zwart and Karolina Pomorska


    Olga Burlyuk is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University, Belgium, where she teaches and conducts research at the intersection of EU/European studies and Ukrainian studies.

    Gergana Noutcheva is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where she teaches and researches European foreign policy and its impact on the European neighbourhood.