Irish Foreign Policy and European Political Cooperation from Membership to Maastricht: Navigating Neutrality

M.J. Geary

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This chapter examines Irish conceptions of neutrality from the interwar period until the 1990s, and the impact that accession to the European Communities had on Irish foreign policy during the first two decades after EC membership. Specifically, it investigates how Irish governments attempted to pursue a foreign policy of military neutrality in parallel with the Community’s on-going efforts at deepening foreign policy cooperation. It challenges the existing scholarly narrative that a process of creeping Europeanisation took place after accession and argues that, in the Irish case, exposure to the integration process resulted in non-change rather than adaptation regarding foreign policy. Moreover, eutrality, rather than being whittled away through membership in the EC/EU, was recast as an important part of Ireland’s European identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Enlargement across Rounds and Beyond Borders
EditorsHaakon A Ikonomou, Aurélie Andry, Rebekka Byberg
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781138208209
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Advances in European Politics


  • European Studies
  • EPC
  • Ireland
  • Europeanisation
  • European Political Cooperation

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