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A 'Diplomatic Republic of Europe'? Explaining role conceptions in EU foreign policy

Chelotti, Nicola (2015) A 'Diplomatic Republic of Europe'? Explaining role conceptions in EU foreign policy. Cooperation and Conflict, 50 (2). pp. 190-210. ISSN 0010-8367

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0010836714558638


Using an original database of 138 questionnaires, the article explores how national officials perceive their role when participating in European Union (EU) foreign policy committees. It first shows that they systematically assume not only intergovernmental but also supranational role conceptions: a good number of diplomats understand EU foreign policy as a collective political project with the objective to craft a common European policy. The article then investigates some scope conditions. If the overall picture is complex and heterogeneous, it reveals that socializing activities occur in this policy field. More specifically, the number of years spent in Brussels is a relatively strong predictor of a supranational attitude. At the same time, diplomats’ conceptions are formed also outside EU contexts: the structure and the pro-European opinions of the national polity affect the formation of a diplomat’s orientation. Remarkably, member states’ military power is a weak and non-significant variable in all the models tested.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 10:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 02:06

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