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Europe in the World - New Interaction Practices in EU Foreign Policy Post-Lisbon: Cross-Loading and Like-Minded Groupings

Dates:
  • Thu 19 Apr 2018 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-04-19 16:00 2018-04-19 18:00 Europe/Paris Europe in the World - New Interaction Practices in EU Foreign Policy Post-Lisbon: Cross-Loading and Like-Minded Groupings

This presentation will explore new patterns of interaction in foreign affairs among EU member states post-Lisbon. It will argue that the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty amid a fragmenting consensus among member states has led to an increase in their reliance on informal practices, most notably cross-loading in small groupings of likeminded countries. As a result, the EU foreign policy system is morphing into a more complex field, comprising not only the EU and member states, but also (and especially, in the post-Lisbon environment) subsets of member states working together. This shift challenges much of our understanding of Europeanisation. Its most scrutinised dimensions have been the vertical forms of up- and down-loading, through which member states aim to project their preference onto the EU level or adapt their national policies/polities to inputs coming from the EU level. Instead, we argue in favour of putting at centre stage the horizontal and informal practices of cross-loading as the most suitable analytical category for capturing current transformations. These dynamics will be illustrated with the case of Sweden’s recognition of Palestine in October 2014 and following developments in the EU Middle East policy. This presentation is based on a paper jointly authored by Lisbeth Aggestam (Gotheburg University) and Federica Bicchi (EUI/LSE), which is available upon request.

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

This presentation will explore new patterns of interaction in foreign affairs among EU member states post-Lisbon. It will argue that the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty amid a fragmenting consensus among member states has led to an increase in their reliance on informal practices, most notably cross-loading in small groupings of likeminded countries. As a result, the EU foreign policy system is morphing into a more complex field, comprising not only the EU and member states, but also (and especially, in the post-Lisbon environment) subsets of member states working together. This shift challenges much of our understanding of Europeanisation. Its most scrutinised dimensions have been the vertical forms of up- and down-loading, through which member states aim to project their preference onto the EU level or adapt their national policies/polities to inputs coming from the EU level. Instead, we argue in favour of putting at centre stage the horizontal and informal practices of cross-loading as the most suitable analytical category for capturing current transformations. These dynamics will be illustrated with the case of Sweden’s recognition of Palestine in October 2014 and following developments in the EU Middle East policy. This presentation is based on a paper jointly authored by Lisbeth Aggestam (Gotheburg University) and Federica Bicchi (EUI/LSE), which is available upon request.


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Department of History and Civilization
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Seminar

Speaker:
Federica Bicchi (EUI)

Organiser:
Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)
Professor Ulrich Krotz (EUI - RSCAS and SPS)
Richard Maher (EUI - RSCAS)

Contact:
Naïs Ralaison - Send a mail

Links:
Global Governance Programme
 
 
 

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