Constructing the CFSP : The utility of a cognitive approach

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Title: Constructing the CFSP : The utility of a cognitive approach
Authors: Tonra, Ben
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5376
Date: Sep-2003
Abstract: Traditional analyses of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) tend to characterise it either as an effete and declaratory expression of lowest common denominator politics or as a limited framework for median-interest foreign policy bargaining – yet another stall in the Union’s policy ‘market’. Even at a modest empirical level, however, these representations of CFSP fail to convince in view of the development of CFSP in recent years. By contrast, this article will argue that a cognitive approach towards the study of CFSP opens up new and crucial vistas for analysis and offers some striking conclusions on the reciprocal relationship between CFSP and national foreign policies and the transformatory capacity of the CFSP vis a vis national foreign policies, including their ‘Europeanisation’. This approach, it is argued, offers a potentially better understanding of and explanation for CFSP with its comparative advantage defined in terms of its handling of roles, rules, identity and ideas.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright (published version): 2003 Wiley-Blackwell
Keywords: Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
DOI: 10.1111/1468-5965.00443
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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