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Palgrave Macmillan

Security and Defence Policy in the European Union

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230362345
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series The European Union Series

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has come a long way since its inception as the European Security and Defence Identity under NATO. Yet more than a decade after emerging as an autonomous entity, with its own capacity for civilian crisis management and military action, the European Union's CSDP is still very much a work in progress.

This fully revised and updated new edition provides the most comprehensive account available of the CSDP and the debates surrounding it. Written by a leading authority in the field, the second edition draws on the author's own extensive research in the area, including hundreds of interviews with key actors, and takes account of developments since the reforms of the Lisbon Treaty. A brand new chapter assesses international relations theory and European integration theory as tools to understand the CSDP, and critically engages with theoretical approaches that view security and defence policy as the exclusive domain of sovereign nation-states. The book concludes with an analysis of future hurdles for the European Union as it responds to new and often unpredictable crises across the globe.

Jolyon Howorth is Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale University, USA, and Emeritus Professor of European Politics at Bath University, UK. He is the co-editor of Defending Europe: The EU, NATO, and the Quest for European Autonomy, also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

1. Introduction: CSDP - A Work in Progress
2. Decision-Making: The Political and Institutional Framework
3. The Instruments of Intervention: Generating Military and Civilian Capacity
4. Selling it to Uncle Sam: CSDP and Transatlantic Relations
5. The EU as an Overseas Crisis Management Actor
6. Empirical Reality and Academic Theory
7. Conclusion: The Major Challenges Ahead

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Reviews of the first edition: "[A] significant and valuable contribution…well organized and accessible…[Howorth] provides a clear, detailed and comprehensive analysis of one of the most important policy developments in the history of the EU." - Alistair J. K. Shepherd, Journal of Common Market Studies
"...the most comprehensive study of the topic to appear in English to date..." - Toby Vogel, European Voice
"[E]mpirically rich, skilfully researched…illuminating and rewarding…[Howorth] should be commended...for accessible writing on complex issues." - Johan Eliasson, EUSA Review
"...a book that is both rich in technical and historical details and engages lightly in theoretical debate...a pleasure to read." - Sonia Lucarelli, The International Spectator
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