Theoretical Background and Analytical Framework
The aim of this chapter is to present a conceptual framework for the analysis of the issues outlined in the introduction. I will first outline some central dimensions of the study of the relationship between states and international organisations and the implications of these for foreign policy analysis (FPA). I will then discuss some general issues relating to the study of national foreign policy in an EU context. The next step will be to review the literature about national foreign policy in the EU. On the basis of these preliminaries, the analytical framework for the book will be described in the core of the chapter. Following this, I will deal with methodological and definitional issues in relation to the study. Finally I will summarise the analytical scheme outlined.
KeywordsEurope Sedimentation Coherence Arena Defend
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