The Geopolitics of Euro-Atlantic Integration

Edited by Hans Mouritzen, Anders Wivel

© 2007 – Routledge

284 pages

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About the Book

No set of international relations is as thoroughly analyzed, commented on, taken apart and critiqued as the ties between Europe and the United States. A period of post-Cold War integration has been buffeted by trade disputes, economic strife and differences in prosecuting the fight against global terrorism.

Now for the first time there is an accessible and theory-based analysis of European foreign policies in the post-Cold War era. The authors argue that EU- and NATO-mediated geopolitics prevails in most of Europe, but that raw geopolitics tends to pop up at the fringes of this thoroughly institutionalized area. Moreover, the effects of past geopolitics persist in the collective memories of several states and compete with contemporary geopolitics in their policy formulations. Focusing on the post-Cold War era, The Geopolitics of Euro-Atlantic Integration includes analyses of the Benelux, Nordic and Baltic countries, Central and East European countries and those in Southern Europe. This geographical range was made possible through contributions by leading European scholars and area experts. The coherence of this edited collection is facilitated by constellation theory, a new geopolitical theory explaining European foreign policies in a comparative perspective. Scenarios for the future of Europe are formulated as well as perspectives for the constellation theory when applied to other parts of the world.

Of interest to political scientists, observers, academics and students, this is an invaluable guide to post-Cold War European relations.

Table of Contents

Preface, Contents, Chapter 1. Introduction, Chapter 2. Geopolitical Theory and the Rules of the Game in Europe Chapter 3. Constellation Theory Chapter 4. The Institutional Dynamics of Euro-Atlantic Integration, Constellation Theory Applied to Europe Chapter 5. Close to Power? Chapter 5. The North Chapter 6. The South Chapter 7. The East Chapter 8. The North-East Chapter 9. Comparative Analysis Meets Theory Chapter 10. Prospects for Europe Chapter 11. The Constellation Theory Applied outside Europe, List of figures, List of References

About the Editors

Hans Mouritzen of the Danish Institute of International Studies has published extensively in fields such as foreign policy, international organization, European integration, transnational relations and the Baltic Se area. His work Theory and Reality of International Politics (Ashgate, 1998) emphasizes the spatial dimension of international relations.

Anders Wivel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. His main research interests are European integration and security, in particular the exercise of power politics and the role of small states in the integration process, and international relations theory, in particular the realist tradition.

About the Series

Europe and the Nation State

This series explores the complex relationship between nation-states and European integration and the political, social, economic and policy implications of this interaction. The series examines issues such as:

  • the impact of the EU on the politics and policy-making of the nation-state and vice-versa
  • the effects of expansion of the EU on individual nation states in Europe
  • the relationship between the EU and non-European nation states.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy