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New directions in EU foreign policy governance: cross-loading, leadership and informal groupings

Aggestam, Lisbeth and Bicchi, Federica (2019) New directions in EU foreign policy governance: cross-loading, leadership and informal groupings. Journal of Common Market Studies. ISSN 0021-9886

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcms.12846

Abstract

This article explores new patterns of interaction in foreign affairs among European Union (EU) Member States post-Lisbon, which have increased reliance on horizontal and informal practices. It argues that cross-loading among Member States outside EU institutions has moved centre stage and contributed to smaller groups of like-minded Member States working together. This shift challenges much of our understanding of Europeanization, which is based on vertical forms of uploading and downloading. We illustrate these dynamics using the case of Sweden's recognition of Palestine in October 2014. While this seemed to break away from the established EU consensus, Sweden's decision aimed at leading the way and imparting momentum, especially within the like-minded group of EU countries. Rather than being an example of de-Europeanization, this case shows how Member States can seek new ways of exerting influence in the post-Lisbon environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: International Relations
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 15:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100260

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