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International Relations and the European Union

Third Edition

Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker

25 May 2017

ISBN: 9780198737322

600 pages

In Stock

New European Union Series

Price: £39.99

The most comprehensive introduction to the EU's role on the international stage written by the leading experts.



The most comprehensive introduction to the EU's role in the international system, written by a team of international experts, and incorporating the study of the EU's world role into the wider field of international relations, this book is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the EU's external relations.

  • Chapters on theories, institutions, policy areas, and the EU's relationship with selected countries make International Relations and the European Union the most comprehensive text available on this subject.
  • Systematically incorporates the study of IR into an examination of the EU's external relations.
  • A team of leading experts provide authoritative coverage of the many aspects of the EU's external relations.
  • Each chapter includes helpful features such as boxes, useful websites, and suggested further reading to aid student learning.

New to this edition

  • A re-worked Part One examines three key frameworks for understanding the EU's role in the international system. In three new chapters, the EU is examined as sub-system of international relations, as a part of the process of international relations, and as a power in its own right.
  • Fully updated to take account of contemporary issues including the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the migration and refugee crisis, and the UK's decision to leave the EU.

About the Author(s)

Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor, University of Cambridge, Michael Smith, Professor of European Politics, University of Warwick, and Sophie Vanhoonacker, Jean Monnet Professor, Maastricht University

Christopher Hill is Patrick Sheehy Professor at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge.

Michael Smith is Professor of European Politics at the University of Warwick.

Sophie Vanhoonacker is Jean Monnet Professor at Maastricht University.

Table of Contents

    1:International Relations and the EU: Themes and Issues, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith, and Sophie Vanhoonacker
    2:The EU as a system of IR, Sophie Vanhoonacker and Simon Duke
    3:The EU as part of the process of IR, Geoffrey Edwards
    4:The EU as a Power, Filippo Andreatta
    5:Policy-making in EU external relations, Karolina Pomorska and Sophie Vanhoonacker
    6:Coherence, Carmen Gebhard
    7:The role of member states, Reuben Wong
    8:Implementation: making the EU's international relations work, Michael E. Smith
    9:Legitimacy and Democracy, Christopher Lord
    10:The EU as a Trade Power, Sophie Meunier and Kalypso Nicolaidis
    11:The EU and the Global Political Economy, Amy Verdun
    12:The Challenge of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, John Vogler
    13:The EU and the Developing World, Maurizio Carbone
    14:Enlargement, the Neighbourhood, and European Order, Karen Smith
    15:The EU's Security and Defence Policy, Joylon Howorth
    16:The External Dimension of the EU's Internal Security, Sarah Wolff
    17:The EU and the United States, Michael Smith and Rebecca Steffenson
    18:The EU and Emerging Powers, Stephan Keukeleire and Tom De Bruyn
    19:The EU's Principles in World Politics, Helene Sjursen
    20:Acting for Europe: The EU's Role in International Relations, Christopher Hill, Michael Smith and Sophie Vanhoonacker


"This is the leading text on the EU in international relations. It is an indispensable companion to the study of this subject. No serious course on the EU in international relations can do without this text. " - Chad Damro, University of Edinburgh

"There is no competitor that I know of with equivalent depth and scope on the issue." - Kaija Schilde, University of Boston

"This is the best book on its subject by far. It is accessible, written by the best scholars in the field." - Neil Winn, University of Leeds

"It's the richest and most comprehensive treatment of the EU's role in the world written by genuinely leading experts in their fields." - Christoph Meyer, King's College London

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