European Foreign and Security Policy: States, Power, Institutions, and American Hegemony
The European Union's (EU) Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) stipulates that all member states must unanimously ratify policy proposals through their representatives on the EU Council. Intergovernmentalism, or the need for equal agreement from all member nations, is used by many political scientists and policy analysts to study how the EU achieves its CFSP. However, in European Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Gegout modifies this theory, arguing instead for analyses based on what she terms 'constrained intergovernmentalism.'
Gegout's theory of constrained intergovernmentalism allows for member states, in particular France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, to bargain with one another and to make rational decisions but also takes into account the constraints imposed by the United States, the European Commission, and the precedents set by past decisions. Three in-depth case studies of CFSP decision-making support her argument, as she examines the EU position on China's human rights record, EU sanctions against Serbia, and EU relations with NATO.
- Series: European Union Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
Reviews'Decision-making in the European Union is a process often characterized by obscurity and complexity. In European Foreign and Security Policy, Catherine Gegout explains, with a high degree of clarity, the real-world mechanisms by which agreements are reached among members.'
Alexander Moens, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Catherine Gegout is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.
Table of contents
List of Tables 5
Introduction: Deciding Foreign and Security Policy in the European Union - A Brief Account of CFSP 11
Part One: CFSP - Theory and Practice 34
Chapter One: Foundations for "Constrained Intergovernmentalism", a New Theoretical Approach 35
Chapter Two: CFSP - The Machinery of Decision-Making 56
Part Two: Case Studies in CFSP - The Mechanism in Action 94
Chapter Three: A Pure CFSP Case - The Condemnation of China's Human Rights Policy (1997-2005) 95
Chapter Four: A CFSP-EC Case - Sanctions Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Spring 2000) 119
Chapter Five: A CFSP-ESDP Case - Institutional Relations with NATO (1998-2008) 152
Part Three: The Unexpected Actors in the CFSP System 179
Chapter Six: The United States - Partial Bandwagoning 180
Chapter Seven: The Commission - Modes of Intervention and Control in CFSP 204
Conclusion: "Constrained Intergovernmentalism" - A More Complete Theorisation of the CFSP System 224
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