Introduction

Uwe Wunderlich, David J. Bailey

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The role of the European Union in global politics has been of growing interest over the past decade. The EU is a key player in global institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and NATO. It continues to construct an emerging identity and project its values and interests throughout contemporary international relations. The capacity of the EU to both formulate and realise its goals, however, remains contested. Some scholars claim the EU’s `soft power’ attitude rivals that of the USA’s `hard power’ approach to international relations. Others view the EU as insufficiently able to produce a co-ordinated position to project upon global politics. Regardless of the position taken within this debate, the EU’s relationship with its external partners has an increasingly important impact upon economic, political and security concerns on an international level. Trade negotiations, military interventions, democracy promotion, international development and responses to the global economic crisis have all witnessed the EU playing a central role. This has seen the EU become both a major force in contemporary institutions of global governance and a template for supranational governance that might influence other attempts to construct regional and global institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe European Union and global governance
Subtitle of host publicationa handbook
EditorsJens-Uwe Wunderlich, David J. Bailey
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-85050-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-85743-509-2, 1-85743-509-5
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2010

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NameRoutledge international handbooks
PublisherRoutledge

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EU
international relations
military intervention
politics
global governance
NATO
economic impact
WTO
economic crisis
promotion
governance
democracy
Values

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Wunderlich, U., & Bailey, D. J. (2010). Introduction. In J-U. Wunderlich, & D. J. Bailey (Eds.), The European Union and global governance: a handbook (pp. 1-10). (Routledge international handbooks). London: Routledge.
Wunderlich, Uwe ; Bailey, David J. . / Introduction. The European Union and global governance: a handbook. editor / Jens-Uwe Wunderlich ; David J. Bailey. London : Routledge, 2010. pp. 1-10 (Routledge international handbooks).
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