European Foreign Policy
A Social Role Theory Analysis
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Is the support for Europe as a global power an expression of an Europeanization of foreign policy? Or is this espousal simply instrumental to enhance national power through the medium of Europe?
Britain, France and Germany are medium sized powers, who hold global ambitions in foreign policy. Yet, after the end of the Cold War, the quest for a global role is increasingly pursued through the framework of the European Union.
The book is a comparative study of British, French and German foreign policy over the last two decades. Using the innovative role theory analysis, which builds on the theoretical literature of foreign policy analysis, national identity and sociological role theory, this book focuses on the convergence and divergence of their foreign policy. Empirically rich with a systematic, comparative analysis of speeches and interviews with policy-makers and politicians from Britain, France and Germany, this book offers a unique ‘insider view’, of the framing of national foreign policies, and also of the evolution of the European Union as a global security actor.
It will be of strong interest to students and scholars of Comparative Foreign Policy, International Relations and European Studies.
1. Foreign Policy in a Changing World 2. Role Theory Analysis 3. Britain: Searching for a Role? 4. France: A Distinctive Role? 5. Germany: A ‘Normal’ Role? 6. Europe as a Global Security Actor 7. The Quest for a Global Role in a Multipolar World
Lisbeth Aggestam teaches European Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath. Previously, she was as Research Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, working on a project focusing on the EU as a global actor (2006-2008). During this time, she edited and contributed articles to a special issue of the journal International Affairs (Chatham House, 2008), which explored the EU’s global role from ethical perspectives. Before moving to the United Kingdom, Aggestam worked on British, French and German foreign policy at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) in Stockholm. Her publications include books and articles on European and national foreign policy, security studies, European integration and role theory analysis (see list of publications).