European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory

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  • Copyright: 2013-05-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book offers a novel contribution to the study of post-Cold War European defence. Interdisciplinary in approach, it uses the insights of EU law to assess the utility of existing theoretical accounts of European defence cooperation.

Dyson and Konstadinides link legal and IR scholarship to undertake a detailed exploration of the structural factors which facilitate and hinder closer cooperation in the field of defence. Exploring the explanatory power of Neorealism, they focus on the balance of threat as a driver of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This book critiques the assumption inherent in governance accounts of CSDP that a transition from the 'sovereign' to the 'functional' will be possible in this policy area.

European Defence Cooperation in EU Law and IR Theory sheds new light on the factors underpinning the development of the CSDP and the potential for more extensive cooperation in trans-Atlantic relations. The capacity of legal analysis to provide important empirical insight and of international relations theory to enrich legal scholarship by contextualizing it within its political context, makes this book of great relevance to scholars from both disciplines.

Author Biography

Tom Dyson is a Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is the author of The Politics of German Defence and Security (2007) and Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in Post-Cold War Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Dyson has also published articles on British, French and German defence and security policies in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Contemporary British History; Contemporary Security Policy; Defence Studies; European Security; German Politics and Security Studies.


Theodore Konstadinides is a Lecturer in European Law at the University of Surrey, UK and visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. His research focuses on EU constitutional law, especially the shift of sovereign-sensitive policy areas from the periphery towards the centre of the EU constitutional framework. His most recent publications include Constitutional Identity as a Shield and as a Sword (2011) and Destroying democracy on the ground of defending it?' (2011). He is a founding member of the Surrey European Law Unit.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Why EU Law and IR Theory? Uncovering the Scope of European Defence Cooperation
1. Mapping European Defence Cooperation: Patterns of Competition and Complementarity in European Defence Cooperation
2. The Context of European Defence Cooperation: Changing Security Threats and the Emergence of Military Isomorphism in post-Cold War Europe
3. NATO in the post-Cold War Era: Developing the Capacity to Deploy Expeditionary Force Across the Conflict Spectrum
4. Defence Procurement Initiatives in post-Cold War Europe
5. Force Generation Initiatives in post-Cold War Europe
6. CSDP: The Growth of European Military Autonomy
7. Helsinki to Lisbon: Furnishing the EU with the Institutional Structures and Military Capabilities for Defence Autonomy
8. NATO and CSDP: Competition and Complementarity
9. Missing Pieces of the Puzzle: Institutional and Military Capability Gaps in CSDP
10. The Legal Underpinnings of European Defence Cooperation
11. Introduction
12. Historical Context
13. The Legal Framework of CSDP
14. The ESDP Prior to the Treaty of Lisbon
15. The CSDP and the Treaty of Lisbon
16. The Lisbon Treaty's Mutual Assistance Clause
17. The Lisbon Treaty's Flexibility Provisions
18. The Institutional Architecture of CSDP
19. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
20. The CJEU and the Overlap Between Security and Other EU Policies
21. CSDP: Still an Intergovernmental Affair
22. The Application of EU Law in Defence Collaboration and Armament Procurement: Towards a More Systematic and Institutionalised Form of Cooperation
23. A State-Centric Defence Equipment Market
24. The EU's Defence Equipment Policy 'Package'
25. The Interpretation of the Exception System under Article 346 TEU
26. The Defence Procurement Directive 2009/81/EC
27. Directive 2009/43 on intra-EU Transfers of Defence Products
28. EU Capability Procurement Initiatives
29. The European Defence Agency
30. Collaborative Procurement Frameworks outside the EU Framework
31. Joint Organisation for Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR)
32. NATO Capability Procurement Initiatives
33. Defence Procurement Initiatives Outside EU/NATO Frameworks
34. The Letter of Intent
35. Conclusion
36. Theoretical Contestation on the Drivers and Destination of European Defence Cooperation
37. Constructivism and European Defence Cooperation
38. Towards a European Strategic Culture?
39. Governance and European Defence Cooperation
40. The Europeanisation of National Defence Policies?
41. Liberal Intergovernmentalism and European Defence Cooperation
42. Two Level Games Theory and European Defence Cooperation
43. Institutionalism and European Defence Cooperation
44. Classical Realism and European Defence Cooperation
45. The Neglect of Material Power in the Study of European Defence: Neorealism as a 'Straw Man'
46. Explaining European Defence Cooperation: Neorealism and The Contradictory Imperatives of the International System
47. The Core Premises of Neorealism: Consensus and Contestation in Neorealist Thought
48. Europe in the post-Cold War Era: Systemic Unipolarity and Regional Balanced Multipolarity
49. European Defence Cooperation as Reformed Bandwagoning
50. Understanding Differentiation in Defence: Variance in External Vulnerability and the Trade off Between Abandonment and Entrapment
51. France: Vulnerability to German Power and the Legacy of Empire
52. The UK: Dependency on US Power for Global Influence
53. Germany: The Vulnerabilities of Semi-Sovereignty and the European Mittellage
54. Conclusions: The Destination of European Defence Cooperation
55. The Lessons for European Defence: Enduring Uncertainty and the Limits to the Scope and Depth of Cooperation
56. Avenues for Future Theoretical Research: Deepening Our Understanding of Systemic Variables in Defence Cooperation
57. Theorising the Role of Domestic-Level Variables in European Defence Cooperation
58. Future Research Directions for Legal and I/R Scholarship on European Defence
59. Bibliography

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