Smith, Michael. (1997) "Competitive cooperation in the EU’s emergence as a strategic partner for the U.S. in the world political economy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)
This paper attempts in a preliminary way to sketch some of the dimensions of changing EU/US economic relations during the late 1990s, with particular reference to the ability of the EU to forge coherent and credible bargains as the basis for cooperation. It has been argued by a number of commentators that the EU and the US constitute a potential strategic partnership or coalition in the international arena of the 1990s, and there is evidence that EU/US policy convergence could constitute one of the defining processes of the late 1990s. The paper constitutes an attempt more clearly to identify the questions arising from these coexisting processes and trends, and to relate them to a body of theory about the nature and implications of international cooperation. A central premise is that the complex combination of processes places a high premium on the evolution and adjustment of EU external policy strategies. The central question is to what extent can the EU function as a credible partner for the US at the strategic level in the world political economy?
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