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dc.contributor.authorHEBEL, Kai
dc.contributor.authorLENZ, Tobias
dc.identifier.citationJournal of European public policy, 2016, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 473-491en
dc.descriptionPublished online: 10 Jun 2015en
dc.description.abstractConference on Security and Co-operation in Europe; Contingency; EU foreign policy; European Community; Identity This article analyses the relationship between identity and foreign policy in the European Union (EU) – a linkage that we term the ‘identity/policy nexus’. Our principal argument is that the collective identity of the EU exerts a systematic yet contingent influence on its foreign policy. We develop this argument in three steps. First, we observe that much of the existing literature under-specifies how identity translates into foreign policy, resulting in a problematic tendency to essentialize the nexus. To remedy this weakness, we propose an inductive approach that empirically traces the political processes constituting the nexus. Second, to facilitate such analysis, we introduce a novel heuristic framework. The framework delineates two translation processes – identity construction and identity operationalization – both of which are conditioned by the political dynamics of the supranational space in which the processes unfold. Finally, we apply this framework to the time period between 1962 and 1975. We observe that the operation of the nexus was characterized by a high degree of contingency. This finding, we suggest, validates an inductive approach to the study of the nexus.en
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of European public policyen
dc.titleThe identity/policy nexus in European foreign policyen

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