Institutional Structures and Processes: British Foreign Policy-Making and the CFSP

  • Nicholas Wright
Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)


This chapter details the mechanics by which Britain engages with the CFSP. It sets out the processes by which foreign, security and defence policy inputs are agreed domestically and in conjunction with the UK’s Permanent Representation in Brussels, looking particularly at the premium placed on strong co-ordination and an unambiguous articulation of the national position on any given issue. It discusses the processes for—and achievement of—political and strategic leadership on CFSP-related issues and examines the means by which CFSP policy-making has been ‘internalised’, particularly within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the impact this has on policy-making.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Wright
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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