The European External Action Service

Mai'a K. Davis Cross and Jarle Trondal both contribute to a new volume addressing a range of aspects related to the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU diplomacy and EU foreign policy.

The book is edited by David Spence and Jozef Bátora and is part of the Palgrave series 'The European Union in International Affairs'.

'The value of this book lies not only in the wide range of issues it covers, but also in recognising important developments that go beyond the EEAS and the emergence of a European foreign policy, to include global challenges in the way we conduct diplomacy today', the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, writes in the foreword.

About the book

The European Union is a transformational polity challenging diplomacy as an institutionalized order. This book reviews the conceptual origins of the EU's diplomatic apparatus and explains its institutional history, whilst raising key questions about the new organization of foreign policy and diplomacy beyond individual European states. It reviews the nature of state-level adaptation to wider management and administrative trends and analyses the legal and practical evolution of the EU's 'European External Action Service'. The book addresses the far reaching implications of all these issues for the 'Westphalian' diplomatic order, and questions whether the institutions and practices of the emerging EU diplomatic system conform to established standards of the state-centric diplomatic order; or whether practice is paving the way for innovative, even revolutionary, forms of diplomatic organisation. Overall, the book provides the most comprehensive and most profound set of analyses to date of the change dynamics in the EU's diplomatic order towards post-Westphalian patterns.

The public diplomacy role of the EEAS

Mai'a K. Davis Cross in chapter 18 addresses the potential of the EEAS to become a vehicle for the EU's public diplomacy around the world, developing the concept of image 'resilience' and exploring the extent to which the EEAS might contribute to the crafting of a resilient image for the EU, most notably in response to crises in the Eurozone and in the EU's neighbourhood.

Recruitment practices in the EEAS

Jarle Trondal contributes a chapter with Zuzana Murdoch in which they explore what some of the initial experience with recruitment processes in the EEAS reveals about the development of the EU's executive order. Based on empirical evidence on how member states and the EEAS organise recruitment into the service, the authors develop arguments about the extent of autonomy of the EEAS and, more broadly, about its role within the EU's emergent executive order.

Full info

Mai'a K. Davis Cross
'The Public Diplomacy Role of the EEAS: Crafting a Resilient Image for Europe'


Zuzana Murdoch and Jarle Trondal
'The Advance of a European executive order in foreign policy? Recruitment practices in the European External Action Service (EEAS)'

In: The European External Action Service: European Diplomacy Post-Westphalia
David Spence and Jozef Bátora (eds)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
ISBN: 9781137383037

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