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Is Being Consistently Inconsistent, Being Consistent?

Duke, Simon (2000) Is Being Consistently Inconsistent, Being Consistent? EIPASCOPE, 2000 (1). pp. 1-2.

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    EIPA’s research project on consistency in the EU’s external relations takes as its departure point the call in the TEU for ‘consistency of its external activities as a whole in the context of its external relations, security, economic and development policies.’ The consistency refrain appears not only overtly but also implicitly as in, for example, the Union’s objective to assert ‘its identity on the international scene.’ What does consistency mean? Consistency is considered to be coordinated behaviour based on agreements amongst the Union and its Members States, where comparable and compatible methods are employed in pursuit of a single objective which results in an uncontradictory policy. In accordance with the literature in the field, consistency is considered in its vertical and horizontal manifestations: vertical consistency considers relations between the Member States and the Union, while horizontal consistency applies to relations between the external relations apparatus of the Union.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Consistency.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2003
    Page Range: pp. 1-2
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16

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