European Political Cooperation and the Realist Paradigm

  • Alfred E. Pijpers


Since World War II much has been said about the possibility and impossibility of a common Western European foreign and military policy, both by academics and others, but theory formation on this phenomenon has always lagged behind. To a certain degree this is not surprising. As long as an integrated European foreign policy with the appropriate institutions and instruments and with all its far-reaching implications for world politics was largely absent, theory formation on this issue could hardly be expected to be very substantial. This chapter suggests that the basic assumptions of the Realist paradigm, though not apt to describe and explain the dynamics of the EC’s internal policy-sectors, can provide a proper understanding of the significance of the EC’s external diplomatic posture within the framework of European Political Cooperation (EPC).


Foreign Policy European Security Political Cooperation Military Cooperation Participate Member State 
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