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16Sep

‘Teaching Citizenship: What if EU Is the Solution and not the Problem?’, by Hans Lödén, Malin Stegmann McCallion and Peter Wall

‘Teaching Citizenship: What if EU Is the Solution and not the Problem?’ (forthcoming December 2014), by Hans Lödén, Malin Stegmann McCallion and Peter Wall

Journal of Political Science Education

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/upse20/current

16Sep

The role of European Union Integration in Post-Communist Democratization in Bulgaria and Macedonia, by Simeon Mitropolitski

The role of European Union Integration in Post-Communist Democratization in Bulgaria and Macedonia, by Simeon Mitropolitski

Canadian Slavonic Papers LV (3-4): 365-389

https://www.academia.edu/1918918/The_role_of_European_Union_integration_in_post-communist_democratization_in_Bulgaria_and_Macedonia

16Sep

A Faustian Bargain or Just a Good Bargain? Chinese Foreign Direct Investment and Politics in Europe (2014), by Sophie Meunier - Asia-Europe Journal

A Faustian Bargain or Just a Good Bargain? Chinese Foreign Direct Investment and Politics in Europe, by Sophie Meunier - Asia-Europe Journal

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10308-014-0382-x?sa_campaign=email%2Fevent%2FarticleAuthor%2FonlineFirst

Abstract

This article explores the political challenges posed by the recent influx of Chinese outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) into the European Union (EU), which has become in 2011 the top destination for Chinese investment in the world. The central political question facing European states welcoming the influx of Chinese capital is whether this is a good bargain—a positive-sum game where both investor and investee benefit—or instead a Faustian bargain—a zero-sum game in the long term where capital is accompanied by implicit conditionality affecting European norms and policies, from human rights to labor laws. The novelty of Chinese FDI has the potential to affect politics in Europe in three different venues: inside European countries, between European countries, and between Europe and third countries. This article, whose main goal is to launch a research agenda on the political implications of Chinese FDI, explores in turn its potential impact on foreign and domestic policy, institutional process within the EU, and transatlantic relations.

16Sep

Divide and Conquer: China and the Cacophony of Foreign Investment Rules in the EU (2014), by Sophie Meunier - Journal of European Public Policy

Meunier, Sophie. “Divide And Conquer: China And The Cacophony Of Foreign Investment Rules In The Eu”. Journal Of European Public Policy 21.7 (2014): 996-1016

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/.U7L6dY1OXio#.VBfUTxZsPSg

ABSTRACT

For more than 50 years, the European Union (EU) was not in charge of international investment agreements; its member states were, and they negotiated more than 1,200 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with third countries. This lack of internal EU cohesiveness created costs for Europe, notably in terms of bargaining leverage over market access and ability to shape international norms. The 2009 Lisbon Treaty formally transferred competence over the negotiations of foreign direct investment (FDI) agreements to the EU, which became in theory a unified actor with respect to both outbound and inbound FDI. However, many political and legal ambiguities surround the true extent of the EU's authority and autonomy over foreign investment. This contribution argues that the surge of Chinese FDI into Europe, which is taking place simultaneously with this transition to a new EU foreign investment regime, has the potential to influence the final shape of this regime by exerting both centripetal and centrifugal pressures.

15Sep

“Beggars Can't Be Choosers: The European Crisis And Chinese Direct Investment In The European Union” (2014), by Sophie Meunier - Journal of European Integration

Meunier, Sophie. “Beggars Can't Be Choosers: The European Crisis And Chinese Direct Investment In The European Union”. Journal Of European Integration (2014)

http://scholar.princeton.edu/smeunier/publications/beggars-cant-be-choosers-european-crisis-and-chinese-direct-investment-europea

Abstract

Virtually non-existent five years ago, Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into Europe has surged spectacularly in recent years in an international context of declining FDI globally. While the stock of Chinese FDI in Europe is still minuscule, the flows show the rapidly growing interest of Chinese companies in being present in Europe, both through greenfield investment and through mergers and acquisitions. This surge of Chinese FDI occurred concomitantly to the explosion of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the general economic downturn in many countries of the European Union (EU). This paper asks whether the European crisis contributed to the surge of Chinese FDI in Europe. In particular, did this surge occur as a result of an explicit strategy formulated by governments in EU Member States in order to dig their countries out of the crisis? The main argument is that the crisis has provided Chinese investors with two types of bargains: economic bargains due to depressed prices and a greater number of assets for sale, and political bargains due to the lessened political resistance to deals that may have been objectionable in flusher times.

15Sep

“Speaking With A Single Voice: Internal Cohesiveness And External Effectiveness Of The EU In Global Governance” (2014), by Sophie Meunier and Eugenia da Conceicao-Heldt - Journal of European Public Policy

Meunier, Sophie and Eugenia da Conceicao-Heldt. “Speaking With A Single Voice: Internal Cohesiveness And External Effectiveness Of The Eu In Global Governance”. Journal Of European Public Policy 21.7 (2014): 961-979.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13501763.2014.913219

ABSTRACT

Under what conditions does the internal cohesiveness of the European Union (EU) determine its external effectiveness? In a first step, this introduction probes the frequent assumption that the more cohesive the EU presents itself to the world, the more effective it is in achieving its goals. The empirical contributions to this collection, which range from trade to foreign policy, highlight instead three configurations of internal cohesiveness and external effectiveness: internal cohesiveness has a positive impact on external effectiveness; internal cohesiveness has no impact on external effectiveness; and internal cohesiveness has a negative impact on external effectiveness. The international context in which the EU operates, including the bargaining configuration and the policy arena, functions as an intervening variable in these causal links. In a second step, this introduction launches a research agenda aimed at explaining these patterns more systematically and determining the impact of cohesiveness on effectiveness.

06Sep

Book: ¨The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties¨, by Carlos Closa

Book: ¨The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties¨, by Carlos Closa

Routledge – 2013 – 212 pages, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415454896/

Series: Routledge Advances in European Politics

Description: Since its inception, the European Union (EU) has revised its foundational treaties several times, resulting in national ratification processes involving different actors, with varying success. This book focuses on the politics of ratification of EU Treaties and reviews the processes of ratification of EU primary legislation.

Existing research and academic debate on EU constitutional politics have almost exclusively focussed on negotiation of new treaties and their institutional setting. However, this book explains how the result of ratification was achieved, and analyses the strategy that actors pursue across Europe. Ratification of the Treaty of Maastricht and the EU Constitution failed totally, whilst other ratification can be considered partial failures such as the Irish Nice and Lisbon referendums. As the EU Constitution has proved, the ratification process may have deep effects unforeseen during the processes of negotiation. In recent years, ratification has produced some of the most intense debates on national membership of the EU and the EU itself.

The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties will be of interest to students and researchers of European Studies, European Union studies, European Union Law and European Union Politics.

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