Transitional Governance? EEAS 1.0 and 2.0

Amelia Hadfield, Richard Whitman

In the foreign policy domain a variety of national, intergovernmental and supranational decision making processes have become enmeshed and created a distinctive governance system. This system is also characterized by different modes of decision making and implementation. Different strands of foreign policy have developed which demonstrate differing constellations of EU institutions and member states interacting in different roles across different issue areas. With this in mind, this paper examines the changes that have characterised the transition of the EEAS from its first and second High Representatives, specifically in their ability to define, and refine the concepts of governance inherent in EU diplomacy, and the way in which theses have been managed inter-institutionally within the EU, inter-nationally across the Member States. How have EEAS 1.0 concepts like the Comprehensive Approach faired, for example, and how will 2.0 brands like the forthcoming EU Global Strategy in their ability to illustrate key facets of emergent EU governance in the realm of diplomacy?

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