Let's Go Special Pack

International Relations and the European Union (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198737322

Sophie Vanhoonacker; Christopher Hill; Michael Smith
616 ページ
171 x 246 mm



  • 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 provide authoritative coverage of the many aspects of the EU's external relations.
  • Each chapter includes helpful features such as boxes, useful websites, and suggested further reading to aid student learning.

New to this Edition:

  • A re-worked Part One examines three key frameworks for understanding the EU's role in the international system. In three new chapters, the EU is examined as sub-system of international relations, as a part of the process of international relations, and as a power in its own right.
  • Fully updated to take account of contemporary issues including the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the migration and refugee crisis, and the UK's decision to leave the EU.

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, including the United States, China, India, and Russia. 

Updates for the third edition include expanded discussions of three key perspectives to provide a rounded picture of the EU's place in the international system: as a sub-system of international relations, as part of the process of international relations, and as a power in its own right.


1: International Relations and the EU: Themes and Issues, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker
2: The EU as a system of IR, Sophie Vanhoonacker and Simon Duke
3: The EU as part of the process of IR, Geoffrey Edwards
4: The EU as a Power, Filippo Andreatta
5: Policy-making in EU external relations, Karolina Pomorska and Sophie Vanhoonacker
6: Coherence, Carmen Gebhard
7: The role of member states, Reuben Wong
8: Implementation: making the EU's international relations work, Michael E. Smith
9: Legitimacy and Democracy, Christopher Lord
10: The EU as a Trade Power, Sophie Meunier and Kalypso Nicolaidis
11: The EU and the Global Political Economy, Amy Verdun
12: The Challenge of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, John Vogler
13: The EU and the Developing World, Maurizio Carbone
14: Enlargement, the Neighbouhood, and European Order, Karen Smith
15: The EU's Security and Defence Policy, Joylon Howorth
16: The External Dimension of the EU's Internal Security, Sarah Wolff
17: The EU and the United States, Michael Smith and Rebecca Steffenson
18: The EU and Emerging Powers, Stephan Keukeleire and Tom De Bruyn
19: The EU's Principles in World Politics, Helene Sjursen
20: Acting for Europe: The EU's Role in International Relations, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith and Sophie Vanhoonacker


Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor, University of Cambridge, Michael Smith, Professor of European Politics, University of Warwick, and Sophie Vanhoonacker, Jean Monnet Professor, Maastricht University
Christopher Hill is Patrick Sheehy Professor at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge.

Michael Smith is Professor of European Politics at the University of Warwick.

Sophie Vanhoonacker is Jean Monnet Professor at Maastricht University.

Filippo Andreatta, University of Bologna
Maurizio Carbone, University of Glasgow
Tom De Bruyn, KU Leuven
Geoffrey Edwards, University of Cambridge
Simon Duke, European Institute of Public Administration
Carmen Gebhard, University of Edinburgh
Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge
Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Stephan Keukeleire, University of Leuven
Christopher Lord, University of Oslo
Sophie Meunier, Princeton University
Kalypso Nicolaidis, Oxford University
Karolina Pomorska, Maastricht University
Helene Sjursen, University of Oslo
Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics
Michael E. Smith, University of Aberdeen
Michael Smith, University of Warwick
Rebecca Steffenson, Northern Illinois University
Sophie Vanhoonacker, University of Maastricht
Amy Verdun, University of Victoria
John Vogler, Keele University
Sarah Wolff, Queen Mary University of London
Reuben Wong, National University of Singapore

"This is the leading text on the EU in international relations. It is an indispensable companion to the study of this subject. No serious course on the EU in international relations can do without this text. " - Chad Damro, University of Edinburgh

"There is no competitor that I know of with equivalent depth and scope on the issue." - Kaija Schilde, University of Boston

"This is the best book on its subject by far. It is accessible, written by the best scholars in the field." - Neil Winn, University of Leeds

"It's the richest and most comprehensive treatment of the EU's role in the world written by genuinely leading experts in their fields." - Christoph Meyer, King's College London