By Michael Smith, Ole Elgström
This new quantity develops a conceptual framework for contemplating and comparing the jobs performed through the ecu in overseas politics, drawing upon the literatures of function research, diplomacy and eu integration.
It can pay specific consciousness to 5 features of position research: function conceptions, origins of roles, position institutionalization, function functionality and position influence. those shape issues operating in the course of the quantity and are handled in person contributions as acceptable. It additionally offers clean purposes and empirical case reviews that help the conceptual framework and reveal the makes use of of position research with regards to the ecu and its overseas actions, and its potential to notify research from various views and standpoints.
By taking this process and by way of delivering either conceptual and empirical argument, this publication grants an leading edge point of view at the research of the ecu Union as a global actor, and at the ways that european activities are shaped and feature effect. It additionally establishes a examine time table in keeping with rigorous improvement of the framework for position research, and demonstrates the ways that this schedule could be furthered.