EU Institutional Politics of Secrecy and Transparency in Foreign Affairs

Vigjilenca Abazi* (Editor), J. Adriaensen (Editor)

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This thematic issue shows how the interplays of secrecy and transparency have been a salient driver of institutional politics in EU foreign affairs. It offers a critical reading of the most recent developments in EU’s international negotiations, an analysis of case law and empirical insights on public and institutional access to information. The Issue provides an interdisciplinary understanding of how information flows affect and are affect by the EU’s institutional balance through synergising perspectives from the fields of political science, public administration and law. This editorial outlines the central questions raised in this thematic issue and highlights its main findings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitics and Governance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2017


  • Access to information
  • European Union
  • negotiations
  • Foreign affairs
  • secrecy
  • transparency
  • oversight
  • politicisation

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