The European Union Diplomatic Service
Ideas, Preferences and Identities
Routledge – 2011 – 224 pages
The book analyses the processes of institution and identity building of the European Union Diplomatic Service working on matters of foreign policy and external economic relations, both in Brussels and in the Commission’s Delegations across the world.
The book examines what images high ranking officials in charge of the EU foreign policy hold of the EU’s and of the Commission’s role in international politics. The author explains how the EU diplomatic network came into being, how it is currently organised and what changes are likely to take place with the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Through an empirically grounded and theoretically informed approach, it analyses how their idea of Europe is enacted through the Commission’s diplomatic practices. Carta demonstrates how processes of socialization can bring about different foreign policy priorities, role conceptions and identities.
This book makes an important contribution to debates about the idea of Europe, the European Union and European foreign policy, as well as more generally to the analysis of how ideas, identities and self-images shape the daily practice of large institutional bodies in international politics. It will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, foreign policy, international organizations, international relations and diplomacy.
"A valuable source of relevant information thanks to its complete and accurate bibliography; a perfect starting point for a wider study of European external action." - Lorenzo Vai, The International Spectator, Vol. 47, 3, September 2012
Introduction: The Puzzle of Non-State Diplomatic Representation Part 1: Conceptualizing the EU Diplomatic System 1. The Diplomatic System of a Non-State Actor 2. The Commission: At the Heart of the External Service Part 2: A Diplomatic Service in the Making 3. Institution-Building: The Engineering of Diplomacy 4. Anatomy of the Commission’s Diplomatic Service Part 3: The Actors in European Diplomacy 5. The Actors in the Commission’s Diplomacy: Bureaucratic and Political Views 6. Who are ‘We’ in the International Arena? Part 4: Prospects for the Near Future 7. The European External Action Service: The Puzzle of a New Kind of Service. Conclusions: Sailing the Diplomatic Sea – A Journey towards the Future
Caterina Carta is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.