The main focus of the book will be two vital concepts that have been critical to the analysis of Europeanisation since the creation of the EU and through the different rounds of enlargements: sovereignty and foreign policy. Through an extensive analysis with meticulously chosen case studies, the book will show how the foreign policy of sovereign states is changing due to regional integration. The concept of sovereignty and foreign policy are very personally linked because it is through the latter that states preserve their sovereignty in this globalised world.
The book observes how major European states cope as the source of their sovereignty gets diluted. The case studies analyse some of the EU’s oldest members like France to some of its newest (Slovenia) and this allows the reader to witness an unprecedented understanding of how different states cope differently with the effects of Europeanisation.
Another important theme that will be under scrutiny is how the state deals by itself slowly changes as it operates in an intergovernmental system. This book is hence an important piece of material because it provides a framework for different regions who are embracing the benefits of regionalism like SubSaharan Africa and Southeast Asia. It can be interpreted as a guideline to see how states slowly change their policies to adapt to the supranational level.
So far, the concept of Europeanisation has not been explored in enough details and this book is timely as it will bring important new insights to the field of International Relations. An important part of this book includes an appraisal of the different aspects of Europeanisation on national foreign policy. This explains the change countries have experienced with the increase in EU institutions, norms and policy-making styles. Finally, with all the problems afflicting national states, this volume will give a good gauge of how sovereignty and foreign policy are receptive to change when they come under the pressure of economic and political union. The text should be of interest to scholars of EU foreign policy, comparative foreign policy, regional integration, International institutions and International Relations.
Reuben Wong, “France in East Asia,” in Mairi Maclean and Joseph Szarka, eds., France on the World Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp.57-76.
Reuben Wong, “Foreign Policy,” in P. Graziano and M. Vink, eds., Europeanization: New Research Agendas (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 321-34.
Reuben Wong, The Europeanization of French Foreign Policy: France and the EU in East Asia, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
(Publisher's sample attached; with review by Norman Bowen in International Studies Review 2007/1:131-33)
Reuben Wong, “The Europeanisation of Foreign Policy”, in Christopher Hill and Michael Smith (eds), International Relations and the European Union (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005),
(With review by Raffaella Del Darto in International Spectator 1/2006)