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Analysing the Foreign Policy of Small States in the EU: The by H. Larsen

By H. Larsen

Henrik Larsen examines the overseas coverage of a small ecu member nation within the context of european overseas policy--the case of Denmark. The publication seems at seven coverage parts: coverage in the direction of different ecu member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the United States and alternate.

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It is a means by which the two are defined together. ’. The restrictions imposed by the CFSP are viewed as marginal by policy-makers. Tonra finds that policymakers are seen to be satisfied with the development of the CFSP, which in the final analysis is subject to national vetoes. There is no great distinction between the evaluations of the CFSP and EU external relations (that is, foreign economic relations) although different rules apply (Tonra, 2000: 237–8). Tonra describes the relationships and issues which from the Danish perspective are seen as special and which are given priority vis-à-vis the EU framework (he does not positively describe the areas dealt with inside the EU).

Within this approach, organisations are seen as intervening variables (Hobson, 2000). 2. Historical institutionalism. Within this school, institutions get ‘thicker’ but only in a long-term perspective. In the short term, organisations provide incentives for instrumentally motivated actors to rethink strategies. They are a constraint on behaviour. In the long term, institutions can have deeper effects on actors, as actors’ initially selfinterested strategies become locked into particular institutional structures.

An examination of concrete policy areas might, however, challenge the findings of the theory with regard to the general policy line. The adaptation framework thus offers a theoretical interpretation of the Danish line with regard to EU foreign policy cooperation (balancing with some modifications). Moreover, the application by Due-Nielsen and Petersen offers a general interpretation of the EU’s role in Danish foreign policy compared with other fora. However, the adaptation framework does not deal with the possible broader implications of the European dimension being the ‘most important aspect of Danish foreign policy’ or, indeed, what this means.

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