EU Foreign Policy through the Lens of Discourse Analysis. Making Sense of Diversity

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Publication Date 2014
ISBN 978-1-4094-6376-4
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Leading scholars in discourse analysis and European foreign policy join forces in this book. They offer perspectives on European foreign policy and bring together various theories on foreign policy discourses.

This theoretical diversity is clearly reflected in the book’s four-pronged structure: Part I - Post-structuralist Approaches (with contributions from Thomas Diez, Henrik Larsen and Beste Isleyen); Part II - Constructivist Approaches (with contributions from Knud Erik Jørgensen, Jan Orbie, Ferdi de Ville, Esther Barbé, Anna Herranz-Surrallés and Michal Natorski); Part III - Critical Discourse Analytical Approaches (with contributions from Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Amelie Kutter, Ruth Wodak, Salomi Boukala and Caterina Carta); Part IV - Discursive Institutionalist Approaches (with contributions from Ben Rosamond, Antoine Rayroux and Vivien A. Schmidt).

The volume is a study on how to apply different discourse analytical approaches and methodologies to European foreign policy.

Part I Post-structuralist Approaches:
+ Speaking Europe, drawing boundaries: reflections on the role of discourse in EU foreign policy and identity, Thomas Diez
+ Continuity or change in national foreign policy discourses post-Lisbon? The case of Denmark, Henrik Larsen
+ Protection of prevention? Different visions of EU international terrorism policy, Beste Isleyen

Part II Constructivist Approaches:
+ Constructing European diplomacy in a changing world, Knud Erik Jørgensen
+ ‘A boost to our economies that doesn’t cost a cent’: EU trade policy discourse since the crisis, Jan Orbie and Ferdi De Ville
+ Model, player or instrument for global governance: metaphors in the discourse and practice of EU foreign policy, Esther Barbé, Anna Herranz-Surrallés and Michal Natorski

Part III Critical Discourse Analytical Approaches:
+ Unravelling European Union foreign policy through critical discourse analysis: guidelines for research, Senem Aydın-Düzgit
+ (De-)constructing the EU as a civilizing power: CFSP/CSDP and the constitutional debate in Poland and France, Amelie Kutter
+ Talking about solidarity and security in the age of crisis: the revival of nationalism and protectionism in the European Union - a discourse-historical approach, Ruth Wodak and Salomi Boukala
+ From the ‘magnificent castle’ to the British state of nature: use of metaphors and the analysis of the EU’s international discourse, Caterina Carta

Part IV Discursive Institutionalist Approaches:
+ The EU’s normative power and three modes of liberal communicative discourse, Ben Rosamond
+ Understanding ‘constructive ambiguity’ of European defence policy: a discursive institutionalist perspective, Antoine Rayroux
+ EU leaders’ ideas and discourse in the Eurozone crisis: a discursive institutionalist analysis, Vivien A. Schmidt

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