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International Relations and the European Union (4th edition)
International Relations and the European Union (4th edition)
  • Chapters on theories, institutions, policy areas, and the EU's relationship with selected countries make International Relations and the European Union the most comprehensive text available on this subject.
  • Systematically incorporates the study of IR into an examination of the EU's external relations.
  • A team of leading experts provides authoritative coverage of the many aspects of the EU's external relations.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality and navigation features that offer extra learning support.

New to this Edition:

  • A chapter on the historical context on the links between European integration and the EU's international relations, covering key events from the 20th century, written by the editors.
  • The implementation of EU foreign policy is explored in a new Chapter 6, where Professor Ana E Juncos looks at the EU's ability to impact international relations and its diplomatic, economic, and security capabilities to do this.
  • A new chapter 12, by Professor Adekeye Adebajo, examines African perceptions of Europe and the European Union through a historical approach, from European slavery and colonialism through to contemporary Africa-EU relations, discussing Pan-Africanist and pro-European viewpoints.
  • A brand new chapter 18 on the EU's engagement with Asia explores relationships with China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
  • An important new chapter 15 explores the EU's policy-making in relation to migration, and includes cases studies on the EU's international relations with Turkey and Libya.

International Relations and the European Union takes a unique approach by incorporating the study of the EU's world role into the wider field of international relations. As the most comprehensive introduction to the EU's international relations written by leading experts in the field, it is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the EU's role in the contemporary world.
Beginning with an examination of theoretical frameworks and approaches, the book goes on to address the institutions and processes that surround the EU's international relations. Key policy areas, such as security and trade, are outlined in detail, alongside the EU's relations with specific countries and regions.
Updates for the fourth edition include new chapters on the EU's relationship with Africa and Asia, coverage of the implementation of the EU's foreign policy, and exploration of how the EU's international relations relate historically to the European integration process, and the contemporary issue of migration.


1:Introduction: Approaches and Concepts, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker
2:The European Union in World Politics: An Historical Overview, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker
3:The European Union and Theories of International Relations, Filippo Andreatta and Lorenzo Zambernardi

4:The Institutional Framework, Sophie Vanhoonacker and Karolina Pomorska
5:European Foreign Policy and The Role of Member States: Europeanisation or Renationalisation?, Spyros Economides
6:The Implementation of EU foreign policy, Ana E. Juncos
7:Democracy and the Populist Surge, Christopher Lord

8:The EU as a Trade Power, Sophie Meunier and Kalypso Nicolaïdis
9:The European Union and the Global Political Economy, Amy Verdun
10:The Challenge of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, John Vogler
11:The EU's Approach to International Development: Evolving Tensions and Contested Transformations, Maurizio Carbone
12:The Shadows of Empire: African Perceptions of Europe and the EU, Adekeye Adebajo
13:An End to Enlargementa The EU, its Neighbourhood and European Order?, Karen Smith
14:The EU's Security and Defence Policy: A New Leap Forward?, Jolyon Howorth
15:Migration: The Dilemmas of External Relations, Christopher Hill
16:Internal Security and External Complications, Sarah Wolff
17:The EU and the USA: Competitive Cooperation in a Turbulent World?, Michael Smith and Rebecca Steffenson
18:Global Europe: A Pivot to Asia?, Stephan Keukeleire and Hai Yang

19:Principles in EU Foreign Policy: How Distinctive?, Helene Sjursen
20:Acting for Europe: Reassessing the European Union's Role in International Relations, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker

About the author: 

Christopher Hill, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge
Michael Smith, Professor of European Politics, University of Warwick
Sophie Vanhoonacker, Jean Monnet Professor, Maastricht University
Adeyeke Adebajo, University of Pretoria
Filippo Andreatta, University of Bologna
Maurizio Carbone, University of Glasgow
Spyros Economides, London School of Economics and Political Science
Christopher Hill, Cambridge University and SAIS Europe, Johns Hopkins
Jolyon Howorth, Harvard University
Ana Juncos, University of Bristol
Stephan Keukeleire, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Christopher Lord, ARENA, University of Oslo
Sophie Meunier, Princeton University
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, European University Institute, Florence
Karolina Pomorska, Leiden University
Helene Sjursen, ARENA, University of Oslo
Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michael Smith, University of Warwick
Rebecca Steffenson, Mat-Su College, Alaska
Sophie Vanhoonacker, Maastricht University
Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, British Columbia
John Vogler, Keele University
Sarah Wolff, Queen Mary University of London
Hai Yang, Sun Yat-Sen University
Lorenzo Zambernardi, University of Bologna

"This is the best textbook available on the international relations of the European Union. The material is accessible, intelligently written and includes the key academic debates in the literature and excellent underpinning empirical materials." - Dr Neil Winn, Senior Lecturer in European Studies, University of Leeds

"The must-have book for all students of international relations, European integration and European foreign policy." - Dr Catherine Gegout, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Nottingham, and former Pierre Keller Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

"This is a comprehensive textbook that provides both an introduction to and analyses of main issues, key regions and recent challenges relating to EU foreign policy." - Dr Özge Zihnioğu, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool

Product details

ISBN : 9780192897343

Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker
600 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2023
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International Relations and the European Union (4th edition)

International Relations and the European Union (4th edition)

International Relations and the European Union (4th edition)