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A more capable EU? Assessing the role of the EU’s institutions in defence capability development

Chappell, Laura, Exadaktylos, Theofanis and Petrov, Petar (2019) A more capable EU? Assessing the role of the EU’s institutions in defence capability development Journal of European Integration. pp. 1-18.

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Are EU institutions able to perform their preferred role within defence capability development? Highlighting increased demands for a stronger EU role in security, we explore how EU institutions have promoted their role within CSDP. Using role theory, we investigate the European Commission, the EDA, the EEAS and the European Parliament’s ability to promote pooled and shared defence resources in European capability development. We argue that this depends on the combination of the alignment of their original role treaty/design-based mandate with the role they perceive having; the role expectations of the big three Member States (Germany, France, UK); and the changing international environment, which may alter both role perceptions and role expectations. We find that the Commission and the EEAS have managed on occasion to promote pooled and shared defence resources overcoming Member State objections, showing autonomy in creating increased defence capability independently of MS leading to more integration within CSDP.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Petrov, Petar
Date : 16 September 2019
DOI : 10.1080/07036337.2019.1666115
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an original manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Integration on 16th September 2019 , available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : CSDP, EU institutions, defence capability development, role theory, United Kingdom, France, Germany
Depositing User : Rebecca Cooper
Date Deposited : 28 Oct 2019 16:16
Last Modified : 22 Nov 2019 12:53

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