Theories and myths of European foreign policy

Authored by: Ian Manners

Routledge Handbook of European Politics

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626750
eBook ISBN: 9781315755830
Adobe ISBN: 9781317628361

10.4324/9781315755830.ch48

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Abstract

Attempts to think about European foreign policy are often frustrated by uncertainties about how to define basic terms such as ‘state’ or ‘foreign policy’. Definitional problems are compounded by the unique nature of the EU. Clearly, the international system is populated with important non-state actors, but there is a tendency to see foreign policy as essentially an act of government and therefore exclusive to states.

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