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The EU as a community of practice: foreign policy communications in the COREU network

Bicchi, Federica (2011) The EU as a community of practice: foreign policy communications in the COREU network. Journal of European Public Policy, 18 (8). pp. 1115-1132. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501763.2011.615200


This contribution shows the added value of analysing the European Union (EU), and more specifically the EU foreign policy system, as a community of practice, i.e. a group of people who routinely get together on a common or similar enterprise with the aim of developing and sharing practical knowledge. The paper analyses the COREU network, which allows member states and EU institutions to exchange confidential information about foreign policy. It argues that officials involved display the key features of a community of practice: (1) there is a high degree of mutual engagement; (2) the functions served by the network go well beyond what was first stipulated; (3) there is a shared repertoire of resources to negotiate meaning. The existence of such a community of practice suggests that there is in the EU foreign policy system at least one organizational structure able to transcend national boundaries and based instead on a European practice of foreign policy communications.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Routledge
Divisions: International Relations
Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 10:27
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2024 05:27

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