The EU in the Global Political Economy

by Finn Laursen (Volume editor)
©2009 Edited Collection 356 Pages


The EU has become an important international actor. Its internal policies often have repercussions far beyond its borders. It is also increasingly becoming a proactive global actor, defending its interests and projecting its norms and values in both bilateral and multilateral external relations.
This volume has a special focus on external economic relations and includes chapters on the Euro, trade policy, and competition policy as well as on specific bilateral relationships. The section on relations with industrialized countries deals with the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan and China, while the section on relations with developing countries has chapters on administrative reform, environmental cooperation, Cuba, Central America and Iran.
The book thus gives an up-to-date overview of important aspects of the EU’s external relations. With a focus on political economy, it traces the continuous interplay of economics and politics that has characterized the EU’s development of a fully-fledged foreign policy. What emerges is a picture of a European Union that is better equipped institutionally to deal with economic, rather than political issues.


ISBN (Softcover)
Institutions and instruments of the EU's external relations Specific foreign policies Relations with various countries and groups of countries
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 356 pp., 6 fig.

Biographical notes

Finn Laursen (Volume editor)

The Editor: Finn Laursen, Ph.D. in Political Science (1980), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, holds a Canada Research Chair as well as an ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in EU Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is also Director of the EU Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at Dalhousie. Before moving to Canada in 2006, he taught at the University of Southern Denmark. He has published extensively on various aspects of European integration.


Title: The EU in the Global Political Economy