Explaining the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy: Theory in Action

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

EditorXymena Kurowska, Fabian Breuer

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An engaging assessment of the theoretical debates on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The contributions to this volume bring together sophisticated theoretical frameworks and extensive empirical research. Pluralistic in its approach, the volume emphasizes the role of conceptual diversity for better explaining the EU's CSDP.

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An engaging assessment of the theoretical debates on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The contributions to this volume bring together sophisticated theoretical frameworks and extensive empirical research. Pluralistic in its approach, the volume emphasizes the role of conceptual diversity for better explaining the EU'...

XYMENA KUROWSKA Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She teaches International Security Theory, Statebuilding and European Politics. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Georgia and Ukraine, researching externally assisted ref...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.66 × 5.65 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230277837

ISBN - 13:9780230277830

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Table of Contents

Foreword; J.Solana
Introduction: The Role of Theory in the Study of Common Security and Defence Policy; X.Kurowska
Neorealism; A.Hyde-Price
The Common Security and Defence Policy: Approaching Transgovernmentalism?; S.C.Hofmann
CSDP: The Strategic Perspective; S.Biscop&P.M.Norheim-Martinsen
The Social Constructivist Sensibility and CSDP Research; X.Kurowska&F.Kratochwil
Sociological Institutionalism, Socialisation, and the Brussalisation of CSDP; F.Breuer
Bricolage: A Sociological Approach to the Making of European Defence; F.Merand
A Historical Materialist Approach to CSDP; I.Oikonomou
Applying Foucault's Toolkit to CSDP; M.Merlingen
The Praxis of Romania's Euro-Atlantic Security Field: A Bourdieu-Inspired Research Agenda; R.O.Csernatoni
Conclusion: The Way Ahead for Research into CSDP; X.Kurowska&F.Breuer

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"This is a long overdue and most welcome injection of serious theoretical perspectives into the academic discussion of CSDP, a policy area which fits uneasily into mainstream theories of either international relations or European integration. This rising generation of scholars offers a variety of penetrating insights from neo-realism to post-structuralism, with a heavy emphasis on constructivism. The book breaks significant new theoretical ground and will prove invaluable to all serious scholars of European security and defence." -- Jolyon Howorth, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale, USA and Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics ad personam and Emeritus Professor of European Studies at the University of Bath, UK