Strategy-Making in the EU

From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action

  • Pol Morillas

Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

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“This book provides profound insights into contemporary EU decision-making in the field of external action and makes a highly valuable contribution to the debate on the new intergovernmentalism as a framework for understanding the post-Lisbon EU.”
Uwe Puetter, Central European University, Hungary

“The most detailed, empirically informed analysis of the policy-making processes of EU strategies and a valuable contribution to the shifting dynamics of EU foreign policy after the Lisbon Treaty. This book will be of great interest to practitioners and experts alike.”
Javier Solana, President, ESADEgeo, Spain, and former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy

“Pol Morillas provides a compelling account of strategy-making in the Union. A must read for anyone wishing to understand the intricacies of EU foreign policy.”
Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali, and Special Adviser to EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini   

This book provides a detailed analysis of the policy-making processes of EU strategies in foreign and security policy and external action. It uses the European Security Strategy and the EU Global Strategy to assess their policy-making dynamics both before and after the Lisbon Treaty. Inter-institutional relations in strategy-making are put into the context of current debates in European integration, questioning the assumption that the EU is a body increasingly ruled by intergovernmentalism - as reflected by the new intergovernmentalism literature. By looking at the shifting policy-making dynamics from foreign and security policy to external action, the author sheds light on the current shape of EU integration. The book also provides a categorisation of EU strategies and considers them as policy-inspiration documents, acting as frameworks for policy-making. This reading of strategies lies behind the analysis of the policy-making processes of the ESS and the EUGS, unpacked into four phases: agenda-setting, policy formulation, policy output and implementation.

Pol Morillas is Deputy Director of Research and Senior Research Fellow in European affairs at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He is also associate lecturer at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.


Strategy-making European Union European integration intergovernmentalism foreign policy security policy supranationalism global actor European Union Global Strategy Maastricht Treaty Lisbon Treaty NATO policy-making European Security Strategy external action inter-institutional relations agenda-setting policy-implementation

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  • Pol Morillas
    • 1
  1. 1.Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)BarcelonaSpain

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