Whitman, Richard2; Hadfield, Amelia3; Manners, Ian James5
Amelia Hadfield, Ian Manners, Richard Whitman
1 Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 University of Kent3 Canterbury Christ Church University4 Institut for Statskundskab, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet5 Institut for Statskundskab, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Københavns Universitet
Conceptualising the Foreign Policies of European Union Member States
Getting to grips with the modes and methods of foreign policy-making is one of the toughest and most fast-changing areas of study. For scholars and practitioners alike, the challenge of understanding the foreign policy nuances between the European Union (EU) and its twenty-eight Member States presents an added level of difficulty. As this text illustrates in its two-fold make-up, there is both a quantitative issue in terms of assessing sensibly the sheer number of EU Member States, and a qualitative aspect to discerning both their individual foreign policy profile and the contribution they make as members to the panoply of EU external affairs. In coming to terms with the range of individual and collective dynamics, it is perhaps instructive to recall the original foreign policy by which the European Economic Community (EEC) transformed first to a Community and then to a Union, increasing in fifty years from an exclusive club of six members to a polyvalent polity of twenty-eight (twelve of whom joined in the last of those five decades, making the EU’s most recent expansion easily its most significant).
Foreign Policies of European Union Member States: Continuity and Europeanisation, 2015
Faculty of Social Sciences; European Union; member states; foreign policies