Foreign Policies of EU Member States provides a clear and current overview of the motivations and outcomes of EU Member States regarding their foreign policy-making within and beyond the EU. It provides an in-depth analysis of intra-EU policy-making and sheds light, in an innovative and understandable way, on the lesser-known aspects of the inter-EU and extra-EU foreign policies of the twenty-eight Member States. The text has an innovative method of thematic organisation in which case study state profiles emerge via dominant foreign policy themes. The text examines the three main policy challenges currently faced by the twenty-eight Member States:
First, EU Member States must cooperate within the mechanisms of the EU, including the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
Second, EU Member States continue to construct their own inter-EU foreign policies.
Third, the sovereign prerogative exercised by all EU Member States is to construct their own foreign policies on everything from trade and defence with the rest of the world.
This combination of clarity, thematic structure and empirical case studies make this an ideal textbook for all upper-level students of European foreign policy, comparative European politics and European studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
`For the many scholars and students who have used the first edition of The Foreign Policies of EU Member States as a key reference and resource, this second edition is very welcome. It also represents a significant advance in our understanding of foreign policies in the EU, combining as it does analysis based on the geopolitical orientations and roles of the member states with their engagement in a series of cross-cutting issues, and enables important comparative conclusions to be drawn. The result is a rich and provocative collection of case-studies as well as a stimulating comparative analysis.'
Michael Smith, University of Warwick, UK.
`This most welcomed edited book provides an indispensable contribution to studying and understanding EU foreign policy by linking the diverse historic and geostrategic foundations of Member States' identity and preferences, to those domestic dimensions' influence on forging a `common' foreign policy across often rather contentious foreign policy fields. It is thus an invaluable read for academics' as much as for actual foreign policy-makers' interested in comprehending the challenge of achieving `unity in diversity' in EU foreign policy-making.'
Ingo Peters, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany.