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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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Constructing European Defence

Constructing European Defence

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(p.113) 5 Constructing 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/9780199533244.003.0006

The chapter explains how strategic state actors interpreted the post-Cold War European security crisis, and sought to propose different institutional solutions which, to a lesser or greater extent, called for the overlapping of the international defense and European foreign policy fields, and thus the creation of a new, larger field of social interaction. One of these solutions was ESDP, but others were proposed, notably the revitalization of the Western European Union and the European security and defense identity. Taking a closer look at the creation of ESDP, the chapter highlights the contingent and creative dimension of the “interstitial” formation of a transgovernmental field.

Keywords:   Cold War, European security, European security and defense identity, European security and defense policy, transgovernmentalism, Western European Union

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