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Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions

Performance, policy, power

Edited by: Knud Erik Jørgensen , Katie Verlin Laatikainen

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415539463
eBook ISBN: 9780203083642
Adobe ISBN: 9781136186509

10.4324/9780203083642
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Book description

While the EU has championed "effective multilateralism" and experienced a dramatic internal reform process to improve its performance in external relations, broader multilateral processes have also undergone dramatic change.

This handbook addresses the increasingly contested issue of profound political importance: Europe’s presence in multilateral institutions. It assesses both the evolving role of Europe in international institutions, and the transformations in international institutions themselves. Acknowledging that the category of international institutions comprises a highly diverse field of multilateral engagements this handbook presents a state of the art approach that analyzes both what we have learned about the EU and international institutions as well as identifying promising avenues for further research. The handbook is divided into six parts:

  • Part I examines the EU’s diplomatic and legal personality in international relations that constitutes the internal foundation for the EU’s engagement with international institutions.
  • Part II assesses how EU multilateralism intersects with other international institutions and provides a means to assess the performance of international institutions as well as the EU itself in multilateral processes.
  • Part III focuses on the EU’s participation with key institutions within the general UN system, such as the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council as well as specific policy domains such as human rights across UN institutions.
  • Part IV focuses on EU relations with wide range of international organizations in a variety of fields, from organizations in economic and security realms to environmental institutions and specialized agencies.
  • Part V focuses on the EU’s engagement in a broad spectrum of issue-specific international agreements and international regimes, addressing issues such as non-proliferation of WMDs, climate change, information technology, and the emerging Gx-system (G7, G8, G20 etc).
  • Part VI examines broader contextual factors that influence the relationship between the EU and international institutions, including the evolution of multilateralism, the trans-Atlantic relationship, global norms and the emergence of multipolarity.  

This comprehensive volume brings together scholars and practitioners to summarize and synthesize existing knowledge in the field. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of European politics, the EU’s external relations, international relations, international organizations and international political economy.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Form and substance in the EU’s multilateral diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  EU delegations Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The EU’s diplomatic machinery Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The performance of international organisations Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Inter-organisational approaches Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Analysing the performance of the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Evaluating diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The European Union in UN politics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The UN Security Council reform debate Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The United Nations’ role in preserving peace Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Responsibility to Protect Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The case of counter-terrorist sanctions Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The EU’s promotion of human rights Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The World Bank Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The International Monetary Fund Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The International Telecommunication Union Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The OECD Download PDF
Chapter  18:  EU–NATO relations Download PDF
Chapter  19:  OSCE Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Global environmental institutions Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The European Union and international regimes Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The European Union in the Gx system Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The effectiveness of EU external economic policies Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The international governance of the internet Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The European Union and the climate change regime Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The non-proliferation regimes Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Private military and security industry Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The European Union and multilateralism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  When multilateralism hits Brussels Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Perceptions of the EU in international institutions Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Transatlantic cooperation in fighting terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Global norms and European power Download PDF
Chapter  33:  EU multilateralism in a multipolar world Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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