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The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy

The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

June 2015 | 1 096 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

During the last two decades the study of European foreign policy has experienced remarkable growth, presumably reflecting a more significant international role of the European Union. The Union has significantly expanded its policy portfolio and though empty symbolic politics still exists, the Union’s international relations have become more substantial and its foreign policy more focused. European foreign policy has become a dynamic policy area, being adapted to changing challenges and environments, such as the Arab Spring, new emerging economies/powers; the crisis of multilateralism and much more.


The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Two-Volume set, is a major reference work for Foreign Policy Programmes around the world. The Handbook is designed to be accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in a wide variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Both volumes are structured to address areas of critical concern to scholars at the cutting edge of all major dimensions of foreign policy.


The volumes are composed of original chapters written specifically to the following themes:


·         Research traditions and historical experience

·         Theoretical perspectives

·         EU actors

·         State actors

·         Societal actors

·         The politics of European foreign policy

·         Bilateral relations

·         Relations with multilateral institutions

·         Individual policies

·         Transnational challenges


The Handbook will be an essential reference for both advanced students and scholars.


Part I: Research Traditions
Knud Erik Jørgensen
Introduction: Research Traditions
Knud Erik Jørgensen
Chapter 2: The Study of European Foreign Policy: Trends and Advances
Walter Carlsnaes
Chapter 3: The Analysis of Foreign Policy in its Historical Context
Virginie Mamadouh
Chapter 4: The Geopolitics of European External Relations
Part II: Theoretical Perspectives
Knud Erik Jørgensen
Introduction: Theorizing European Foreign Policy
Derek Beach
Chapter 6: Liberal International Relations Theory and European Union Foreign Policy
Alexander Reichwein
Chapter 7: Realism and European Foreign Policy: Promises and Shortcomings
Åsne Kalland Aarstad
Chapter 8: Critical Approaches to European Foreign Policy
Senem Aydin-Düzgit
Chapter 9: Social Constructivist and Discursive Approaches to European Foreign Policy
Tom Delreux
Chapter 10: Bureaucratic Politics, New Institutionalism and Principal-Agent Models
Julian Bergmann and Arne Niemann
Chapter 11: Theories of European Integration
Ben Tonra
Chapter 12: Europeanization
Helene Sjursen
Chapter 13: Normative Theory: An Untapped Resource in the Study of European Foreign Policy
Part III: European Union Actors
Edith Drieskens
Introduction: European Union Actors
Simon Duke
Chapter 15: Presidencies: The Tale of Two and a Half Presidencies
Ana E. Juncos and Karolina Pomorska
Chapter 16: The European External Action Service
Per M. Norheim Martinsen
Chapter 17: The Governance of European Defence
Anthony Glees
Chapter 18: European Security Intelligence
Dirk De Bièvre
Chapter 19: Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission
Steven Van Hecke and Wouter Wolfs
Chapter 20: The European Parliament and European Foreign Policy
Ramses A. Wessel
Chapter 21: The Legal Dimension of European Foreign Policy
Part IV: State Actors
Edith Drieskens
Introduction: State Actors
Brian Hocking
Chapter 23: Ministries of Foreign Affairs
Peter Debaere and Tim Haesebrouck
Chapter 24: European Council
Wolfgang Wagner
Chapter 25: National Parliaments
Mads Dagnis Jensen and Peter Nedergaard
Chapter 26: Line Ministries
Part V: Societal Actors
Åsne Kalland Aarstad
Introduction: Societal Actors in European Foreign Policy
Pierangelo Isernia and Francesco Olmastroni
Chapter 28: Public Opinion
Paul Gillespie
Chapter 29: News Media as Actors in European Foreign Policy Making
Bart Kerremans and Yf Reykers
Chapter 30: Political Parties and Interest Groups
Johan Eriksson
Chapter 31: Think Tanks and European Foreign Policy: Transnational Politics of Expertise
Cornelia Navari
Chapter 32: Europe's Public Intellectuals
Part VI: The Politics of European Foreign Policy
Åsne Kalland Aarstad
Introduction: The Politics of European Foreign Policy
Theofanis Exadaktylos
Chapter 34: Policy Paradigms
Knud Erik Jørgensen
Chapter 35: Liberal Internationalism
Otto Holman
Chapter 36: Commercial Internationalism
Bertjan Verbeek and Andrej Zaslove
Chapter 37: The Counter Forces of European Integration: Populism, Nationalism and EU Foreign Policy
Clara Portela and Chiara Ruffa
Chapter 38: The Politics of Coercion: Assessing the EU's Use of Military and Economic Instruments
Part VII: Bilateral Relations
Katie Laatikainen
Introduction: The EU's Bilateral Relations
Michael H. Smith
Chapter 40: The European Union and the United States
Ken Masujima
Chapter 41: EU-Japan Relations
Anke Schmidt Felzmann
Chapter 42: European Foreign Policy towards Russia: Challenges, Lessons and Future Avenues for Research
Sebastian Bersick
Chapter 43: The EU's Bilateral Relations with China
Shazia Aziz Wülbers
Chapter 44: EU-India Relations: Debates and Dynamics
Laura Cristina Ferreira-Pereira
Chapter 45: EU-Brazil Relations as a Developing Field of Study: State of the Art and Perspectives on Future Research
Bruno Oliveira Martins
Chapter 46: EU-Israel Relations: Expanding the Research Agenda
Natalia Chaban and Martin Holland
Chapter 47: EU External Perceptions: From Innovation to an Established Field of Study
Part VIII: Relations with Multilateral Institutions and Regions
Katie Laatikainen
Introduction: Relations with Multilateral Institutions and Regions
Katie Laatikainen
Chapter 49: The EU and the United Nations
Jan Orbie, Bregt Saenen,Joren Verschaeve and Ferdi De Ville
Chapter 50: The European Union's Relations with Multilateral Institutions (WTO, ILO, OECD, IMF, WB)
Niels van Willigen and Joachim Koops
Chapter 51: The European Union's Relationship with NATO and the OSCE
Philippe De Lombaerde, Fredrik Söderbaum and Jens-Uwe Wunderlich
Chapter 52: Interregionalism
Paola Rivetti and Francesco Cavatorta
Chapter 53: EU Foreign Policy and the Middle East
Mary Farrell
Chapter 54: Europe-Africa Relations over Time: History, Geo-Poltics and New Political Challenges
Part IX: Policies
Ben Tonra
Introduction: Policies
Benjamin Kienzle, Bruno Oliveira Martins and Antonie Vandemoortele
Chapter 56: Security Issues in Foreign Policy
Robert Kissack
Chapter 57: The European Union and Human Rights Promotion
Alasdair Young and John Peterson
Chapter 58: Trade
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués
Chapter 59: Enlargement
Federica Bicchi and Sandra Lavenex
Chapter 60: The European Neighbourhood: Between European Integration and International Relations
Lisanne Groen
Chapter 61: European Foreign Policy on the Environment and Climate Change
Maurizio Carbone
Chapter 62: Development and Foreign Aid
Anna Herranz-Surrallés
Chapter 63: European External Energy Policy: Governance, Diplomacy and Sustainability
Stephanie B. Anderson
Chapter 64: The European Union Defence Debate: What Kind of Power Is It?
Part X: Transnational Challenges
Ben Tonra
Introduction: Transnational Challenges
Egle Murauskaite
Chapter 66: Dynamics of the European Union Non-Proliferation Discourse in Global Context
Dirk Peters
Chapter 67: The Balance of Power
Élise M. Féron
Chapter 68: Terrorism, Civil Wars and Uprisings
Jonathon W. Moses
Chapter 69: Global Markets
Conor Little and Diarmuid Torney
Chapter 70: Environmental Challenges
Edith Drieskens and Laura Van Dievel
Chapter 71: The Multilateral System

An ambitious and comprehensive tour de table of  the essential topics in EU foreign policy by leading European scholars. The Handbook reflects the importance of understanding the full range of EU foreign policy at a time of uncertainty in the direction of European political integration. It is destined to take a prominent place on the bookshelves of libraries, research institutes, and academic departments across the world.

Roy H. Ginsberg
Jean Monnet Professor of Government, Skidmore College

The Sage Handbook of European Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive overview of the literature on the development and practice of European Union foreign policy, with contributions from the leading scholars in the field. It takes an impressively wide scope, encompassing topics that have been extensively debated in the literature as well as newer areas of research including the role of national parliaments, the news media, and think tanks in European foreign policy making. It also gives readers a good understanding of the external challenges the EU now faces, from dealing with ‘rising powers’ to confronting terrorism. An indispensable resource for students and scholars of European foreign policy.

Karen E. Smith

If you are looking for the layouts of the research front of this amorphous theme, this is it.

Iver Neumann
Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics

Handbooks are supposed to provide comprehensive and authoritative overviews of a particular subject matter. This one is the most wide-ranging and most competent treatment of all conceivable aspects of European Foreign Policy yet to be published. By transcending traditional (sub-) disciplinary dividing lines and by systematically rearranging the material via different cuts it both broadens and deepens our knowledge of what is still a historical experiment.

Gunther Hellman
University of Frankfurt

Thorough and thoughtful, comprehensive and detailed, wide-ranging and scholarly. This remarkable collection takes stock and provides a most valuable overview of the study of EU foreign policy. Its analytic breadth and scope will establish this Handbook as an essential reference and the basis for further research for students and scholars in the field for years to come. A superb editorial achievement.

Ulrich Krotz
Professor, Chair in International Relations, and Director, Europe in the World programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

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