Rethinking European Union foreign policy

Edited by Ben Tonra and Thomas Christiansen

Rethinking European Union foreign policy

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6002-1
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: September 2004
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / International relations, EU (European Union), POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, International relations, Politics
  • Series: Europe in Change


This book reviews a variety of approaches to the study of the European Union's foreign policy. Much analysis of EU foreign policy contains theoretical assumptions about the nature of the EU and its member states, their inter-relationships, the international system in which they operate and the nature of European integration. Such assumptions, when not discussed openly, often curtail debate. This book opens up this field of enquiry so students, observers and analysts of EU foreign policy can review a range of tools and theoretical templates from which the development and the trajectory of the EU's foreign policy can be studied.

Situated at the interface between European studies and international relations, the book outlines how the EU relates to the rest of the world, explaining its effort towards creating a credible, effective and principled foreign, security and defence policy.


1: The study of EU foreign policy: Between international relations and European studies - Thomas Christiansen and Ben Tonra
2: Theorising the European Union's foreign policy - Knud Erik Jørgensen
3: International Relations or European integration: Is the CFSP sui generis? - Jakob C. Øhrgaard
4: Foreign policy analysis and European foreign policy - Brian White
5: Discourse analysis in the study of European foreign policy - Henrik Larsen
6: Role-identity and the Europeanisation of foreign policy: A political-cultural approach - Lisbeth Aggestam
7: Interests, institutions and identities in the study of european foreign policy - Adrian Hyde-Price
8: Theory and practice of multi-level foreign policy: European Union's policy in the field of arms export controls - Sibylle Bauer and Eric Remacle
9: Justifying EU foreign policy: The logics underpinning EU enlargement - Helen Sjursen and Karen E. Smith


Ben Tonra is Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Dublin European Institute at University College Dublin. Thomas Christiansen is Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht

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