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Europeanization – new analytical approaches in research into foreign policy

Author(s): Karolina Pomorska, Piotr Buras
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: integracja europejska; europeizacja; euro; rozszerzenie UE; badania; polityka zagraniczna

Summary/Abstract: Practitioners and academics have clearly established that participation in the EU system of foreign policy-making transforms national foreign policies. As a consequence, there has been a growing interest in research on the impact of Europe on national foreign policies and the reverse. This has been primarily done in the framework of a new theoretical approach called Europeanization. This article addresses the relevant conceptual issues and provides an outline of the academic debate regarding Europeanization and foreign policy. In spite of the complex state of the research and conceptualization of the term, it is argued that Europeanization not only offers a useful analytical framework, but also brings an added value and offers valuable insights into the analysis of CFSP and national foreign policies. The article first explains the concept of Europeanization and its logic in general. It then moves on to explain how it can be used in the study of foreign policy, focusing on the mechanisms at work and methodological challenges. Finally, it pinpoints the key differences in applying Europeanization to the first and second pillar policies that have to be taken into account by anyone endeavouring to use this recently emerged analytical framework in their research.

  • Issue Year: 38/2008
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 31-50
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish