The European Union and Global Governance

T. Christiansen*

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This chapter discusses whether the European Union has a distinctive take on, and may make a particular contribution to, global governance, as well as the reverse image of the impact that global governance has in the development of integration in Europe. This includes a focus on collective norms and interests as expressed through common institutions, policies, and activities. In doing so, the chapter compares and contrasts the evolution of a supranational order in Europe with the growth of global regimes and the emergence of a multipolar world, and explores the nature of the EU’s relationships with other global powers and regions. In a final section, the chapter asks whether the EU’s relationship with global developments is best seen as a test-bed for new ideas, procedures, and concepts; a construction for the defence of a privileged way of life; or an archaic remnant of a different era.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Governance from Regional Perspectives: A Critical View
EditorsA. Triandafyllidou
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198793342
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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