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Power in practice: EU member states’ 2020 early negotiations on Covid-19 burden sharing

Marchi, Ludovica (2022) Power in practice: EU member states’ 2020 early negotiations on Covid-19 burden sharing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 14 (1). ISSN 1836-1803

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The manoeuvring and the strategies that state actors and their delegates employ when discussing and negotiating practices at the European Union (EU) level clearly respond to their aim of attaining outcomes at that very level. Within that landscape, what makes a country more powerful and persuasive than others, why some states punch above their weight, and how the threads of European diplomacy are concretely moved are unclear processes that the practice approach promise to explain. This investigation employs the practice approach to distinguish ‘power in practice’. It considers power as a development connected to social relations. In fact, it views micro-level diplomatic dynamics as the site from which to observe power. It fills a gap in the field of adopting the practice approach within EU studies by contributing to theory through showing the approach’s policy performance. It begs the central question of ‘whether power resources emerge out of constant work and negotiation’. It applies the practice approach to the 2020 early negotiations in the EU arena on burden sharing linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. It argues that what is at stake in the course of the negotiations is a complex social game, in which manoeuvring for diplomatic competence becomes an end in itself

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Additional Information: © 2021 The University of Sydney
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2021 17:36
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 12:30

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