Poland's power and influence in the European Union: the case of its eastern policy

Nat Copsey, Karolina Pomorska

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This paper seeks to assess the degree to which Poland exercises power and influence in the European Union. It employs Poland's policy towards its eastern neighbours as a case study, and, in doing so, contributes to two wider scholarly debates on how EU policy towards Russia, Ukraine and Belarus is made, and also the broader question of the evolving nature of the relationship between the European Union and its Member States. In doing so, it employs a synthetic framework that brings together the approaches for studying the power and influence of a given Member State that were developed by Wallace et al (2005), Tallberg (2008) and Moravcsik (1991, 1993, 1998). It concludes that Polish influence has been low.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-326
Number of pages23
JournalComparative European Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2010


  • Poland
  • European Union
  • policy
  • EU policy
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Member States
  • Polish influence


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