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The Influence of International Institutions on the EU
 
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The Influence of International Institutions on the EU
When Multilateralism hits Brussels
 
 
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05 Apr 2012
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The contributors to the volume analyze the EU from a surprisingly rare perspective, namely by exploring how it is influenced by multilateral institutions. There has recently been a dramatic increase in interaction between the EU and multilateral institutions, yet this interaction has almost without exception been studied from the bottom-up perspective. This volume reverses the causal arrow and shows that international institutions shape EU policies and the policy-making process, as well as acting as a source of preferences and strategies for EU stances internationally. The impact is (under certain conditions) strong and rather frequently unintended and unexpected. Sometimes the influence goes as far as to foster small-scale processes of EU integration. Scholars with expertise in different areas have contributed to this endeavour, thus allowing the volume to cover a wide range of international institutions and their effects on the EU.


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The contributors to the volume analyze the EU from a surprisingly rare perspective, namely by exploring how it is influenced by multilateral institutions. There has recently been a dramatic increase in interaction between the EU and multilateral institutions, yet this interaction has almost without exception been studied from the bottom-up perspective. This volume reverses the causal arrow and shows that international institutions shape EU policies and the policy-making process, as well as acting as a source of preferences and strategies for EU stances internationally. The impact is (under certain conditions) strong and rather frequently unintended and unexpected. Sometimes the influence goes as far as to foster small-scale processes of EU integration. Scholars with expertise in different areas have contributed to this endeavour, thus allowing the volume to cover a wide range of international institutions and their effects on the EU.


Reviews

'Whereas the 'Brussels effect' stresses the influence of the European Union on policies around the world, this book innovatively turns the tables around and asks how international institutions such as the ILO, the WTO and NATO influence the EU itself. Arguing that international institutions help Brussels pressure member states to adopt policies they might oppose, it suggests that the EU is more open to such outside influence when this expands Brussels's own governance spheres. The Influence of International Institutions on the EU thus opens up an array of new questions and ideas about the EU in the world.'
- Judith Kelley, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA 

'Most scholarship on the EU is surprisingly inward-oriented. It looks at the emergence of EU institutions and policies and their effects on member states. There is also increasing work on the diffusion of EU institutions and policies outside Europe. But there isalmost no literature on external influences on the EU itself. This book fills this gap. It investigates through detailed case studies the influence of multilateral institutions on the EU itself. An extremely important contribution to EU studies and to our understanding of international institutions in general!'
- Thomas Risse, Professor of International Politics, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Contents

The Influence of International Institutions on the EU: A Framework for Analysis; O.Costa & K.E.Jørgensen
Less than you Might Think: The Impact of WTO Rules on EU Policies; A.Young
Playing into the Hands of the Commission? The Case of EU Coordination in the ILO; M.Riddervold & H.Sjursen
The External Institutional Context Matters: The EU in International Negotiations; T.Delreux, E.Drieskens, B.Kerremans & C.Damro
The Influence of International Institutions on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in the EU and its Member States; A.Wetzel
The Influence of Global Internet Governance Institutions on the EU; G.Christou & S.Simpson
Combating the Financing of Terrorism Together? The Influence of the United Nations on the European Union's Financial Sanctions; S.Léonard & C.Kaunert
Linking up Levels of Governance: The Agencies of the European Union and their Interaction with International Institutions; M.L.P.Groenleer
NATO's Influence on the Evolution of the European Union as a Security Actor; J.Koops
The Influence of the Council of Europe on the European Union: Resource Exchange and Domains Restriction as Venues for Inter-institutional Influence; B.Schumacher
How do International Institutions Influence the EU?; X.Dai & G.Martínez
The Top-down Dimension of the Relationship between the EU and International Institutions: Taking Stock; R.Kissack
When Multilateralism hits Brussels: Generalizations and an Agenda for Further Research; K.E.Jørgensen & O.Costa


Authors

ORIOL COSTA Lecturer of International Relations, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy. He also teaches at the IBEI. From September 2007 to September 2009 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Arbeitsstelle Europäische Integration (OSI) at the FU Berlin.
 
KNUD ERIK JØRGENSEN Professor of International Relations at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the Chair of the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations and former editor of Cooperation and Conflict, co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations series and associate editor of Journal of European Integration. He is directing a project on the EU's performance in international institutions.