Field-level CFSP: EU diplomatic cooperation in third countries

Bale, Tim (2000) Field-level CFSP: EU diplomatic cooperation in third countries. Current Politics and Economics of Europe, 10 (2). pp. 187-212. ISSN 1057-2309

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Research into the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) has traditionally been restricted to procedural studies of cooperation taking place at an intergovernmental level within Europe and/or to case studies involving intervention (or the lack of it!) in well-known global flashpoints. As a result, there remains a gap in our knowledge about the more mundane, but arguably just as significant, cooperation between EU states at the diplomatic level in third countries - cooperation which arguably contributes to the kinds of shared identification and spillovers promoted by transactionalist and neo-functionalist approaches to integration. This paper describes and presents findings from a project which studies diplomatic cooperation in several countries of varying size. It attempts - using fieldwork conducted in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Canberra and Wellington - to portray and develop explanations of current progress. It explores, for example, whether enthusiasm for and the extent of cooperation varies a) according to member-state size and/or the holder of the presidency, b) with regard to particular issues, and c) according to the nature and preferences of the host country; it also looks at the role of the European Commission delegation. It concludes by looking at the obstacles to greater integration in the senses conceived of by both transactionalists and neo- functionalists in this neglected but not necessarily insignificant dimension of the CFSP.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
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Depositing User: Tim Bale
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:58
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 08:26
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