Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture

Heidi Maurer*, Nicholas Wright

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Lisbon Treaty introduced far-reaching reforms for EU foreign policy co-operation. In the decade since, most scholarship has focused on the High Representative and EEAS. Far less consideration has been given to its consequences for member states’ ownership of foreign policy. This article therefore examines how these institutional reforms have affected the PSC, established to enable member states to better manage EU foreign policy cooperation. Drawing on new empirical data, it shows that the PSC has found its capacity to act as strategic agenda-setter increasingly constrained because of greater opportunities for activism by the HRVP and EEAS; and by the emergence of the European Council as the key arbiter in foreign policy decision-making. While this indicates the PSC today finds it harder to perform the role originally assigned to it, it is gaining alternative relevance through an emerging oversight role, which has implications for member states’ EU foreign policy engagement
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • European foreign policy
  • Political and Security Committee
  • European External Action Service
  • Institutional Politics

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