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The European Union and its member states

This book takes up traditional approaches to political science. It aims to offer a mixture of conventional and specific analyses and insights for different groups of readers. In view of the European Union's multi-level and multi-actor polity, the book highlights the complex procedural and institutional set-up of nation states preparing and implementing decisions made by the institutions of the European Community (EC). In looking at the emerging and evolving realities of the European polity, it shows how European institutions and Member States (re-)act and interact in a new institutional and procedural set-up. It explores how governmental and non-governmental actors in different national settings adapt to common challenges, constraints and opportunities for which they are mainly themselves responsible. The book discusses the Belgian policy toward European integration as a significant demonstration of its commitment to multilateralism and international co-operation in security and economic affairs. Attitudes to European integration in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Greece, and Spain are discussed. Tendencies towards 'Europeanisation' and 'sectoralisation' of the ministerial administration during the process of European integration and the typical administrative pluralism of the Italian political system seem to have mutually reinforced each other. Strong multi-level players are able to increase their access and influence at both levels and to use their position on one level for strengthening their say on the other. German and Belgian regions might develop into these kinds of actors. A persistent trend during the 1990s is traced towards stronger national performers, particularly in terms of adaptations and reactions to Maastricht Treaty.

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Europeanisation and Belgian federalism
Christian Franck, Hervé Leclercq, and Claire Vandevievere

2444Ch3 3/12/02 3 2:02 pm Page 69 Christian Franck, Hervé Leclercq and Claire Vandevievere Belgium: Europeanisation and Belgian federalism Introduction: European integration as a historical lesson of neutrality For about fifty years, the Belgian policy toward European integration is the most significant demonstration Belgium has made of its commitment to multilateralism and international co-operation in security as well as in economic affairs. Even if Belgium had already illustrated such an orientation through its participation in multilateral trade and

in Fifteen into one?
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Dimitris N. Chryssochoou, Michael J. Tsinisizelis, Stelios Stavridis, and Kostas Ifantis

hegemony and, hence, a monopoly of power.84 Accordingly, confederation can also be seen as a process by which a group of separate states commit themselves by a treaty of union to mutually beneficial interaction which may well extend beyond the traditional patterns of international co-operation. And since it aims to reconcile the concurrent demands for preserving the sovereignty of the parts, and with it the integrity of their populations, and for maintaining high levels of co-ordination among them, this model is indeed capable of embracing a wide range of institutional

in Theory and reform in the European Union
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Geir Hønneland and Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

background 31 result of implementation efforts (see last section of this chapter). Nor are we primarily occupied with the solution of the problems in question or other aspects of regime effectiveness. Why study implementation? Implementation of international environmental regimes is surprisingly often a very difficult task. If our subject of study were, say, international co-operation in the field of disarmament, it might be argued that the process of attaining agreements would warrant more interest than their subsequent implementation, since the former could be expected

in Implementing international environmental agreements in Russia
Heloise Brown

international co-operation were overruled on this occasion in favour of physical force. She wrote ‘It can hardly be supposed that I underrate the horrors of war. I have imagination enough and sympathy enough to follow almost as if I beheld it with my eyes, the great tragedy which has been unfolded in South Africa.’8 Butler’s concept of Evangelical imperialism was based primarily upon conversion rather than force. For example, writing in 1887 of Britain’s record in Ireland, she asked: On what basis does our Empire stand? Very largely on that of conquest. Tell me what warrant

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
David Colclough

those qualities and values that are required for the advancement of sciences and those needed for political success.13 While in his works on the pursuit of greatness Bacon stresses the importance of a large armed populace engaged in regular warfare, he frequently emphasises that the advancement of learning demands peace, international co-operation and the absence of religious controversy.14 Rather than reading Bacon’s wide-ranging writings into an unhappily homogeneous unity, it is better to think of each work as making a different and specific intervention into a

in Francis Bacon’s <i>New Atlantis</i>
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Pacifism and feminism in Victorian Britain
Heloise Brown

worked, they too would agree to the use of arbitration. Despite this interest in arbitration and international co-operation, there were significant differences between British and European liberalisms, particularly with regard to war and international relations. David Nicholls has argued that the contradictions between the British liberal belief in peace through free trade and non-intervention, and the European liberal position that nationalism and wars of liberation were a prerequisite for peace, meant that the establishment of a permanent international peace movement

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
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Smooth adaptation to European values and institutions
Teija Tiilikainen

new chapters of the Constitution being related to EU issues (under the title of ‘International Relations’), there is a specific section governing the transfer of sovereignty, which is not included. The general articles of the new Constitution, however, reflect the change that has taken place in Finland’s international commitments by mentioning international co-operation and giving peace, human rights and the development of society as its objectives. The political priorities of membership The Finnish membership in the Union was negotiated by a government led by the

in Fifteen into one?
Water scarcity, the 1980s’ Palestinian uprising and implications for peace
Jeffrey Sosland

research agenda. Freedman argues that ‘once anything that generates anxiety or threatens the quality of life in some respects becomes labelled a “security problem”, the field risks losing all focus’ ( 1998 : 53; Walt, 1991 ). Indeed not all environmental problems are relevant to security studies. Most environmental issues have more to do with international co-operation, economics and demography than with

in Redefining security in the Middle East
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Geir Hønneland and Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

the IAEA regime, a comprehensive framework for international co-operation on nuclear safety has been set up. The agency has worked out a detailed set of internationally recognised safety norms and standards (Nuclear Safety Standards – NUSS), which are continuously reviewed and updated. The IAEA’s International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) is used to classify nuclear events and accidents according to seriousness. Upon request, the IAEA sends advisory and review teams to member states to observe and help improve safety standards and activities. Within the IAEA regime

in Implementing international environmental agreements in Russia