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The Institutional Architecture of CFSP after the Lisbon Treaty: Constitutional breakthrough or challenges ahead? CEPS Challenge Paper No. 10, 23 June 2008

Wessels, Wolfgang. and Bopp, Franziska. (2008) The Institutional Architecture of CFSP after the Lisbon Treaty: Constitutional breakthrough or challenges ahead? CEPS Challenge Paper No. 10, 23 June 2008. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the institutional architecture of CFSP and the overall external action of the Union. The Lisbon Treaty has introduced some remarkable changes which might substantially influence the (inter-)institutional balance in this policy field. The authors offer two different possible readings of the CFSP provisions of the Lisbon Treaty: they could be interpreted as a major step forward in the direction of a strengthened, more coherent and more effective international actor with more supranational elements; but they may also be seen as demonstrating an ever-refined mode of ‘rationalised intergovernmentalism’. After an in-depth analysis of the ideas and norms contained in the new treaty, the institutions and the instruments, the authors find more evidence for the second interpretation, but also traces for a ‘ratched fusion’ as a third alternative explanation.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Lisbon Treaty
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > Challenge Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009
    Page Range: p. 36
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 12:31
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9403

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