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Constrained Balancing: The UK, Germany, and ESDP

Peters, Dirk. (2007) Constrained Balancing: The UK, Germany, and ESDP. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    What are the determinants of EU member states' policies towards the creation and design of European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP)? This paper argues that members' policies can be understood as instances of 'constrained balancing'; i.e. as attempts to balance US power after the end of the Cold War, which were constrained by the peculiar institutions of security policy in which individual members' policies had become embedded during the Cold War. The paper constructs an analytical framework which is informed by neorealist and historial institutionalist thought and which is intended to capture the interplay of the constraints and incentives for members' policies created by the international distribution of power and institutions of security policy. For illustrative purposes, this framework is briefly applied to shed light on four different aspects of Britich and German ESDP policies.

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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
    Countries > Germany
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Countries > U.K.
    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: 26 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 39
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51

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