Weak institutions

  • Jan Zielonka
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


Common foreign and security policy is a victim of ill-suited institutional arrangements within the European Union. No doubt, this is the most common explanation of the evolving Euro-paralysis. Both friends and foes of European integration willingly admit that the diffusion of authority within the Union and the disaggregated policy process of permanent intergovernmental bargaining prevent the Union from meeting its foreign and security objectives. The Union has powerful economic and political leverage, a huge bureaucracy and an ever-spreading network of diplomatic missions all over the world. Yet, when it comes to making decisions and acting, the Union is often unable to cope, even with trivial things.


Member State Foreign Policy Security Policy Foreign Affair Democratic Legitimacy 
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