Analysing the Foreign Policy of Small States in the EU: The by H. Larsen

By H. Larsen

Henrik Larsen examines the international coverage of a small ecu member kingdom within the context of ecu international policy--the case of Denmark. The booklet appears to be like at seven coverage components: coverage in the direction of different european member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the US and exchange.

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In the short term, organisations provide incentives for instrumentally motivated actors to rethink strategies. They are a constraint on behaviour. In the long term, institutions can have deeper effects on actors, as actors’ initially selfinterested strategies become locked into particular institutional structures. Organisations are seen as both intervening and independent variables. 3. Sociological institutionalism. For sociological institutionalists institutions are ‘thick’. States and international institutions are seen as mutually constitutive of one another.

Tonra describes the relationships and issues which from the Danish perspective are seen as special and which are given priority vis-à-vis the EU framework (he does not positively describe the areas dealt with inside the EU). In terms of relationships, it is the relationship with the US/NATO, Nordic Cooperation and the Baltic States which Denmark sees as special. In terms of issue areas the most obvious is security and defence policy by virtue of the Danish opt-out on defence issues. A second set of issues are those of human rights and development cooperation.

2. EU member states with less extensive global relations tend to conduct a large part of their foreign policy through the EU (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Greece and partly Denmark), what Manners and Whitman call ‘European foreign relations’. For these countries the EU is more often perceived as an opportunity for national foreign policy action (Manners and Whitman, 2000c: 263). 3. A third pattern can be observed in those EU states which do not have an extensive pattern of foreign policy relations, but also tend to work through other international organisations such as the UN, NATO or the OSCE, labelled by Manners and Whitman ‘international foreign relations’.

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