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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Perceptions of the European Union's Fledgling Delegations: More Coherence, More Effectiveness?

Author

  • Serena Kelly
  • Natalia Chaban
  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

The debate surrounding the challenge of improving coherence in European Union (EU) foreign policy is ongoing. EU Delegations (EUDs), operating under the European External Action Service (EEAS) were recently established to provide a focal point for the EU in third countries, providing potential for improving EU coherence. Using the case study of the EUDs, this article adds to theorizations of EU coherence – defined as the absence of contradictions between policies and positions, and between words and deeds – through elaborating the notion of external engagement coherence. Questioning the assumption that improvement of EU foreign policy coherence leads to the improvement of its effectiveness, the article analyses perceptions of the EUDs in three EU strategic partners – China, Russia and India. The article finds that the creation of the EUDs does not necessarily mean more perceived coherence for the EU. In spite of this finding; EUDs were nevertheless often viewed as effective, especially in certain areas. © 2016 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2016-12-05

Language

English

Pages

493-516

Publication/Series

European Foreign Affairs Review

Volume

21

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Kluwer

Topic

  • Political Science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1384-6299