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.

EU–India Relations: Debates and Dynamics

EU–India relations: debates and dynamics
Shazia Aziz Wlbers

Introduction

India's growing importance in global politics is resulting in an increasing number of studies of the relations between the European Union (EU) and India. Its consistent economic growth, its will to become politically active on the world stage and its importance in the IT and service sectors have not gone unnoticed. India has been in the process of reshaping its role and political relevance in the world and the EU has recognized this potential and reiterates its support for the ‘new’ India. The Indians also recognize the EU's growing influence due to the general shift in global power arrangements, the increasing institutionalization of international relations and evolution ...

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