Europeanization of Foreign Policies. International Socialization in Intergovernmental Policy Fields and the Example of the EPC/CFSP

Catégorie :Rencontres scientifiques

Date :du jeudi, 12 février 2015 au samedi, 14 février 2015

Lieu :Hamburg (Allemagne)

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Source: Alexander Reinfeldt (

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Organizers: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Clemens / Dr. Alexander Reinfeldt, Universität Hamburg – Historisches Seminar, DFG-Projekt "'To speak with one voice'? Europäisierung in intergouvernementalen Politikbereichen am Beispiel der Europäischen Politischen Zusammenarbeit (EPZ), 1970-1981" Date, Location: 12-14 February 2015, Hamburg

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The setting up of the European Political Cooperation (EPC) by the governments of the six founding states of the European Communities (EC) at the beginning of the 1970s created a completely new form of collective European diplomacy, leading to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union (EU) in 1993. Despite all further institutional and Treaty developments, the Common Foreign Policy of the today’s EU, by now comprising 28 member states, remains one of the intergovernmental fields of European cooperation. The responsibilities in this area still lie with the member states; the foreign policy cooperation is primarily based on decisions to be taken unanimously by the governments.

However, there are indications that the gradual change in foreign policy decision-making structures, forms of action and perceptual patterns due to the setting up of the EPC initiated a process of Europeanization, and that the EPC generated integration dynamics beyond a mere intergovernmental cooperation in the European multi-level system. According to political actors involved in the EPC/CFSP the intensive form of foreign policy cooperation triggered a "socialization effect" or "coordination reflex" which had an impact on foreign policy decision-making processes. A methodically and conceptually reflected examination of such asserted Europeanization or socialization processes, based on insights from the social sciences, however, is still a desideratum of historical research on European integration since the 20th century; all the more so since also the majority of research in political sciences on the evolution of a common European foreign policy is primarily confined to stating tendencies towards Europeanization in the context of European integration under reference to contemporary actors, rather than critically analyzing them.

Emanating from the DFG-funded research project "'To speak with one voice'? Europäisierung in intergouvernementalen Politikbereichen am Beispiel der Europäischen Politischen Zusammenarbeit (EPZ), 1970-1981" at the Department of History at Universität Hamburg this conference aims at dealing with these questions in an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus will be on methodical and conceptual aspects of Europeanization or internationalization in intergovernmental policy fields as well as on empirical aspects of the historical development of a common European foreign policy, in particular since the early 1970s. In a broader sense, the questions will be raised as to whether the significance of inter- or transgovernmental policy fields for the process of European integration has to be reassessed and under which preconditions concepts of Europeanization could provide an appropriate framework for analyzing the history of the process of European integration.

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