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“Conceptualizing the European Union as an International Actor: Narrowing the Theoretical Capability-Expectations Gap”

Ginsberg, Roy H. (1999) “Conceptualizing the European Union as an International Actor: Narrowing the Theoretical Capability-Expectations Gap”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    This article identifies relevant explanatory concepts of European foreign policy (EFP) and organizes those concepts into a heuristically useful model that depicts the stimuli, processes, and effects of EFP decision-making. A cadre of scholars has worked on conceptualizing the European Union as an international actor, but explanations are still at the pre-theoretical stage. Although theorists are developing new and reworking old explanatory concepts, these concepts are not linked in any meaningful way to an overall analytical model. The article begins on a sober note concerning the problems associated with conceptualizing European Union external identity but ends on a more sanguine one about the potential for progress not thought possible a short time ago. Scholars are developing explanatory concepts more balanced, rounded, finessed, and nuanced than those of their predecessors, and they are moving beyond establishing the existence of EFP to assessing the outcomes of EFP.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1950s-1992 (includes EPC)
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 32
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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