Does the European Union transform the institution of diplomacy?

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Series Details No.6, 2003
Publication Date 2003
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Diplomacy as a framework of principles, rules and organised patterns of behaviour regulating interstate relations in the Westphalian system of states is challenged by the process of European integration. This paper conceptualises diplomacy and its change using two new institutionalist perspectives that provide us with complementary insights into the nature of diplomacy as an institution. These are then applied to the study of diplomacy in the European Union. The process of European integration is shown as challenging the institution of diplomacy at three levels: a) the intra-European bilateral relations; b) the multilateral setting of the Council; and c) the emerging capacity of the EU to conduct external diplomatic relations with third states. The paper assesses change in and of diplomacy at these levels.

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