Pol Morillas publishes the book ‘Strategy-Making in the EU: From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action’

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The Observatori researcher Pol Morillas publishes the book ‘Strategy-Making in the EU: From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action‘. The book was released by Palgrave editiion whitin the series ‘The European Union in International Affairs’. The book is a follow-up of Pol Morillas’ PhD, defended in December 2017.

This book provides a detailed analysis of the policy-making processes of EU strategies in foreign and security policy and external action. It uses the European Security Strategy and the EU Global Strategy to assess their policy-making dynamics both before and after the Lisbon Treaty. Inter-institutional relations in strategy-making are put into the context of current debates in European integration, questioning the assumption that the EU is a body increasingly ruled by intergovernmentalism – as reflected by the new intergovernmentalism literature. The book also provides a categorisation of EU strategies and considers them as policy-inspiration documents, acting as frameworks for policy-making. This reading of strategies lies behind the analysis of the policy-making processes of the ESS and the EUGS, unpacked into four phases: agenda-setting, policy formulation, policy output and implementation. By looking at the shifting policy-making dynamics from foreign and security policy to external action, the author sheds light on the current shape of EU integration.

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