A Poulantzasian perspective on EU foreign policy

Authored by: Michael Merlingen

The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138589919
eBook ISBN: 9780429491306
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In this chapter, I lay out a conceptual framework for analysing EU foreign policy (EUFP), which draws on the work of Nicos Poulantzas, who together with people such as Foucault, Deleuze, and Negri was a key contributor to efforts in Western Europe in the 1960s and 1970s to develop radical perspectives on power (Jessop 1985). While Poulantzas’ work proved less resilient in the face of changing times than that of his more famous contemporaries, it has recently been reconsidered by a new generation of scholars who have identified and elaborated concepts and arguments in his work which produce insights into the operation of class power in contemporary neoliberal polities.

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