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Vart är Europeiska Unionens försvarspolitik på väg?: En analys av unionens ännu uteblivna gemensamma försvarspolitik och försvar
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Before this study was conducted, there was a research gap in the current field of

international relations. The purpose of this study was to examine why the EU has not

established a common defence policy and a common defence. In order to address this, a

theoretical framework based on realism and liberalism was created. Taken together, this

study thus filled that gap and provided new insight on EU’s defence policy.

The method that was used to conduct the research was a case study and the material

consisted of the Treaty of Lisbon, EU key documents, as well as numerous of

theoretical works concerning realism and liberalism. The study is of an explaining

nature and the analysis seeks to explain the research question by testing it on the

theoretical framework.

The study concludes that the theoretical framework is able to explain the research

question. Both realism and liberalism contributed with significant insight on why the

EU has not established a common defence policy and a common defence. The main

result shows that realism answers the research question by pointing out the role that

member states play, and that liberalism, in contrast, points at the role EU as a unitary

institution plays.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, Defence Policy, Common Defence, Security, Realism, Liberalism, Soft Power, Hard Power, Rational Choice, Historical Institutionalism
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49497OAI: diva2:899441
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-01 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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