The European External Action Service: European Diplomacy by David Spence, Jozef Bátora

By David Spence, Jozef Bátora

This e-book questions even if the associations and practices of the rising ecu diplomatic method comply with tested criteria of the state-centric diplomatic order; or no matter if perform is paving the way in which for cutting edge, even innovative, types of diplomatic enterprise.

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Introduction 15 Dimier, V. and McGeever, M. (2006): ‘Diplomats without a Flag: Institutionalization of the Delegations of the Commission in African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries’ in Journal of Common Market Studies, 44 (3): 483–505. DiMaggio, P. W. W. and DiMaggio, P. (eds): The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Chicago: Chicago University Press, pp. 63–82. W. ’ in Journal of Common Market Studies, 40(5): 849–870. , Oberthür, S. and Mühleck, M. (2013): ‘European Union Actorness in International Institutions: Why the EU Is Recognized as an Actor in Some International Institutions, But Not in Others’ in Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(5): 849–865.

More attention to theory will also help in understanding its nature and potential as a diplomatic service. Bringing empirical data into closer conversation with nuanced theoretical frameworks might at first sight mirror the degree of sophistication of approaches and debates about power and influence in other more established EU institutions such as the Council of Ministers (Naurin and Wallace, 2009) or European Parliament. However, this conversation between theory and empirics, should not fall into the same trap as much of EU studies previously has.

He anchors his analysis in the theoretical approaches to epistemic communities, showing how different types of epistemic communities are being woven together within the EEAS and the kind of challenges this creates for the functioning of the Service. In Chapter 3, Cesare Onestini discusses the ‘hybrid’ organisational characteristics of the Service and its potential to be effective in promoting EU foreign-policy goals. He details the organisational emergence of the EEAS, covering some of the key decisions and choices made in the design of the EEAS.

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