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 Unions 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.
Chapter 48: Introduction: The EU's Relations with Multilateral Institutions and Regions
Introduction: The EU's Relations with Multilateral Institutions and Regions
This part of the handbook continues to examine the international relations of the European Union, but shifts attention away from dyadic bilateral relations to focus on how the EU, a collectivity itself, engages in multilateral and interregional kinds of relations. If bilateral relations are a centuries-old form of international relations, multilateral and interregional relations, and especially the study of them, are of a more recent vintage (Berridge, 2005). To a much greater degree than the contributions in Part VII, the analysis of the EU's multilateral and interregional relations evokes broader questions of the organization of international relations and the ...