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Explaining Cherry-Picking - A Study of the Different Degrees to Which Invited States Align with the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy

Valind, Peder LU (2017) STVM23 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) is based on the Member States’ foreign policy preferences. Several third states are however at times invited to align with certain CFSP acts, a procedure which provides the EU with support for its diplomatic efforts. The degrees to which these invited states align with CFSP acts differ substantially. This thesis has taken a broad view of alignment, and tried to explain the different degrees of alignment among all invited states during 2015 with theories surrounding international alignment and external governance. The overall findings of this study indicate that theories within these areas based on interests or power are better at explaining alignment than theories... (More)
The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) is based on the Member States’ foreign policy preferences. Several third states are however at times invited to align with certain CFSP acts, a procedure which provides the EU with support for its diplomatic efforts. The degrees to which these invited states align with CFSP acts differ substantially. This thesis has taken a broad view of alignment, and tried to explain the different degrees of alignment among all invited states during 2015 with theories surrounding international alignment and external governance. The overall findings of this study indicate that theories within these areas based on interests or power are better at explaining alignment than theories based on ideology or domestic factors. Relations of economic dependence were more useful for explaining alignment than domestic similarity or contractual relations, especially so for explaining lower alignment degrees to Council Decisions concerning sanctions. While this study could explain several aspects of the different degrees of alignment among the invited states, there were aspects of it that could not be explained. (Less)
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Valind, Peder LU
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STVM23 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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alignment, foreign policy, external governance, EU, CFSP
language
English
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8907493
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  abstract     = {The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) is based on the Member States’ foreign policy preferences. Several third states are however at times invited to align with certain CFSP acts, a procedure which provides the EU with support for its diplomatic efforts. The degrees to which these invited states align with CFSP acts differ substantially. This thesis has taken a broad view of alignment, and tried to explain the different degrees of alignment among all invited states during 2015 with theories surrounding international alignment and external governance. The overall findings of this study indicate that theories within these areas based on interests or power are better at explaining alignment than theories based on ideology or domestic factors. Relations of economic dependence were more useful for explaining alignment than domestic similarity or contractual relations, especially so for explaining lower alignment degrees to Council Decisions concerning sanctions. While this study could explain several aspects of the different degrees of alignment among the invited states, there were aspects of it that could not be explained.},
  author       = {Valind, Peder},
  keyword      = {alignment,foreign policy,external governance,EU,CFSP},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Explaining Cherry-Picking - A Study of the Different Degrees to Which Invited States Align with the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy},
  year         = {2017},
}