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"Playing the Brussels game: Strategic socialisation in the CFSP Council Working Groups*"

Juncos, Ana E., and Pomorska, Karolina. (2007) "Playing the Brussels game: Strategic socialisation in the CFSP Council Working Groups*". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    The aim of this article is to analyse the process of socialisation taking place at the level of the Council Working Groups (CWGs) dealing with the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Based on recent empirical evidence, this article explains the main codes of conduct adopted by the national diplomats in the CFSP CWGs, such as the reflex coordination or consensus-building practice. Compliance with these rules stems from strategic calculations based on legitimacy concerns and the long-term perspective of the negotiations. Hence, in this case, the internalisation of norms has not taken place yet. Even though this view may suggest a conceptualisation of national representatives in the CWGs as passive “national champions”, it is argued here that they might also play a role in influencing the position of their capitals, mainly through the process of formulating the instructions.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: CFSP, external relations, Council Working Groups, diplomats, socialisation, strategic action, foreign policy, consensus building, coordination reflex, negotiations, code of conduct, governance
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 18
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51

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