'The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories' is a groundbreaking new textbook offering an extensive coverage of EU External Action Studies. Over the past decades, the EU has progressively developed into a significant global actor in an increasing number of policy fields. This volume looks into different ways of conceptualizing the EU as a global actor, the processes and impact of EU external action, explanations offered by IR and integration theories, the discursive, normative, practice and gender ‘turns’, and the ‘decentering agenda’ for EU external action.
This webinar introduces and debates the book, with a in particular focus on the themes of Eurocentrism, post-colonialism and the decentering agenda. At a time when the EU is more needed than ever in world politics, what are the tenets of its external action? How is this action deployed in different theatres and contexts? How is it affected by external perceptions and historical memory? Can European actors be anything else than Eurocentric? These are just few of the questions that the roundtable will address.
- The editors of the volume: Sieglinde Gstöhl and Simon Schunz - College of Europe, Bruges.
- Chapters authors: Stephan Keukeleire - Jean Monnet Professor, University of Leuven; Kalypso Nicolaidis - Professor, School of Transnational Governance; Nora Fisher-Onar - Assistant Professor and BA Director, University of San Francisco; and Sharon Lecocq - PhD Researcher, University of Leuven.
- Hartmut Mayer - Europe in a Changing World, Oxford-EUI project.
- Stephanie Hofmann - Decentering Eurocentrism Cluster, EUI.
- Erik Jones - Director, Schuman Centre, EUI.
- Alex Stubb - Director, School of Transnational Governance, EUI.
The event will take place online on zoom. All are welcome to join the discussion. To participate, please register.