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Towards a Common Identity?: A qualitative case study on the European Union's motivations for the 'Common Foreign and Security Policy'
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose and main thesis of this study is to analyze the motivations for the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) over time. By examining annual reports from the Office of the High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the CFSP, ranging from 2009-2017, the aim is to investigate whether the EUs increased security cooperation is motivated by arguments expressing a common European identity, or by arguments supporting pragmatic cooperation between member states. Theoretically, this study relies on the perspectives Neofunctionalism and Intergovernmentalism to interpret the results and to contribute to the research fields of international relations and in particular European Union studies. Hypothetically, the reports were expected to either favor common identity arguments or pragmatic arguments over a course of time. The results show there was no clear change in motivation in either direction. In conclusion, no empirical evidence of further EU integration was discovered. Ideas of future research and the implications of the result are discussed at the close of the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
European Union, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Politics, Identity
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384004DiVA, id: diva2:1318480
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Political Science
Educational program
Freestanding course
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2019-05-27, Sammanträdesrummet, Gamla torget 6, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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