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Inter-institutional Dynamics in Common Foreign and Security Policy Post-Lisbon: Who Are the Winners?

Sophie Vanhoonacker, Karolina Pomorska

The creation of the President of the European Council, the EEAS, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have radically affected the institutional landscape of CFSP. While traditionally the policy-making process was dominated by the member states under the rotating Presidency, the new institutions represent an important step towards a more supranational set-up. At the same time, the practical shortcomings of the new system resulted in member states adopting informal roles to re-gain control over external relations. Some states have even denounced the EEAS and strengthened their bilateral embassies. This paper analyses the changes in the institutional set-up of CFSP, including the formal and informal procedures that structure interactions between the players in terms of initiation, policymaking, implementation and representation. The paper examines both the political and bureaucratic level to help determine the institutional winners and losers in CFSP of the post-Lisbon era.

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