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Ever Closer Partnership

Policy-Making in US-EU Relations- Third Printing


Eric Philippart and Pascaline Winand

In 1990, the signature of the Transatlantic Declaration marked the formal recognition of the European Community as the third main element in the transatlantic institutional architecture, alongside NATO and bilateral relationships. Five years later, US-EU relations took another major step forward with the adoption of a ‘New Transatlantic Agenda’ (NTA). This volume puts this evolution into historical perspective by identifying the enduring features of the relationship. At the dawn of the Bush administration and in the wake of the Nice Treaty, it also makes a bold attempt at assessing the current state of US-EU relations, notably by taking stock of the changes introduced via the New Transatlantic Agenda. Aimed at practitioners and academics alike, and going well beyond a general overview of transatlantic relations, it first explores the evolution of structures and processes in US-EU relations while paying special attention to the policy-shaping and policy-making strategies of public and private actors. Focusing on the post-NTA record, it then endeavours to assess, explain and evaluate the policy outcomes of EU-US relations.
Leading authors and practitioners in the field took part in the elaboration of this book:
Maria Green Cowles, Youri Devuyst, Thomas Frellesen, Anthony Gardner, Roy Ginsberg, Alan Henrikson, John Peterson, Alberta Sbragia, René Schwok, Michael Smith.
Contents: Alberta Sbragia: Preface – Éric Philippart/Pascaline Winand: The Dynamics, Structures, Actors and Outcomes of US-EU Relations: An ‘Inside-Out’ Approach – Pascaline Winand/Éric Philippart: From ‘Equal Partnership’ to the ‘New Transatlantic Agenda’: Enduring Features and Successive Forms of the US-EU Relationship – Éric Philippart: Assessing, Evaluating and Explaining the Output of US-EU Relations – Anthony Gardner: From the Transatlantic Declaration to the New Transatlantic Agenda: The Shaping of Institutional Mechanisms and Policy Objectives by National and Supranational Actors – Pascaline Winand: The US Mission to the EU in ‘Brussels D.C.’, the European Commission Delegation in Washington D.C. and the New Transatlantic Agenda – John Peterson: Shaping, not Making - The Impact of the American Congress on US-EU Relations – Alan K. Henrikson: The Role of Metropolitan Regions in Making a New Atlantic Community – Maria Green Cowles: Private Firms and US-EU Policy-Making: The Transatlantic Business Dialogue – Michael Smith: The United States, the European Union and the New Transatlantic Marketplace: Public Strategy and Private Interests – Youri Devuyst: European Unity in Transatlantic Commercial Diplomacy – Thomas Frellesen: Processes and Procedures in EU-US Foreign Policy Cooperation: From the Transatlantic Declaration to the New Transatlantic Agenda – Roy H. Ginsberg: EU-US Relations after Amsterdam: ‘Finishing Europe’ – René Schwok: Drifting apart? Dissociative and Associative Approaches – Éric Philippart/Pascaline Winand: Ever Closer Partnership? Taking Stock of US-EU Relations – Éric Philippart/Pascaline Winand: Deeds not Words? Evaluating and Explaining the US-EU Policy Output.