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The EU as a new form of political authority: the example of the common security and defence policy

Kaldor, Mary (2012) The EU as a new form of political authority: the example of the common security and defence policy. Global Policy, 3 (supp.1). pp. 79-86. ISSN 1758-5880

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1758-5899.12016


This article puts forward the argument that the EU should be understood not as a nation-state in the making but as a new type of polity that could offer a model of global governance. It uses the example of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) to illustrate the argument. It suggests that CSDP is designed to make a contribution to global security rather than to protect borders using military force, as in the case of classic nation-states. It proposes that CSDP should be explicitly based on the concept of human security and should acquire human security capabilities that include both military and civilians operating according to human security principles in a way that is more like law enforcement than fighting wars. To achieve this, the CSDP would require stronger political backing and this would mean increasing the representativeness and accountability of the EU. By the same token, an effective CSDP would increase the legitimacy of the EU.

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Additional Information: © 2012 London School of Economics and Political Science and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: International Development
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 14:08
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 02:36

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