During the last two decades the study of European foreign policy has experienced remarkable growth, presumably reflecting a more significant international role of the European Union. The Union has significantly expanded its policy portfolio and though empty symbolic politics still exists, the Union’s international relations have become more substantial and its foreign policy more focused. European foreign policy has become a dynamic policy area, being adapted to changing challenges and environments, such as the Arab Spring, new emerging economies/powers; the crisis of multilateralism and much more. The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Two-Volume set, is a major reference work for Foreign Policy Programmes around the world. The Handbook is designed to be accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in a wide variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Both volumes are structured to address areas of critical concern to scholars at the cutting edge of all major dimensions of foreign policy. The volumes are composed of original chapters written specifically to the following themes: • Research traditions and historical experience • Theoretical perspectives• EU actors• State actors• Societal actors• The politics of European foreign policy• Bilateral relations• Relations with multilateral institutions• Individual policies• Transnational challenges The Handbook will be an essential reference for both advanced students and scholars.

The Study of European Foreign Policy: Trends and Advances

The study of European foreign policy: trends and advances
Knud Erik Jrgensen

Which hundred studies on European foreign policy would we take to the proverbial desert island? Which studies have proved to be of lasting significance? Which trends characterize this field of study and which analytical advances have been made? What is European foreign policy anyway? The aim of the present chapter and of the Handbook generally is to provide some answers to these questions.

European foreign policy is both a field of study and a field of political practice. The purpose of this chapter is consequently to review the state of the art concerning one of the arts of European states: ...

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