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European Defence PolicyBeyond the Nation State$
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Frédéric Mérand

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533244.001.0001

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What is European Defence?

What is European Defence?

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(p.27) 1 What is European Defence?
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European Defence Policy
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Frédéric Mérand (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533244.003.0002

This chapter is an overview of the European security and defense policy. It presents the EU's crisis management operations, its political-military bodies, and military capabilities. Defense policy is being denationalized. Scholars and citizens underestimate the degree to which, as a result of the expansion of military relations within the EU, defense policy is now shaped by constant interaction between state actors from different countries, both in and outside of Brussels. The chapter documents the Europeanization of defense policy and describes the institutional arrangements and social practices of ESDP with a view to uncovering who the actors are, which social representations they share, and what kind of power they exert. These social practices and institutions constitute the “low politics” of “high politics.”

Keywords:   crisis management, defense policy, European security and defense policy, European Union, Europeanization, high politics military relations, social practices, social representations

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