The European Union and Global Governance (Routledge/GARNET series)

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This book explores and analyses the multidimensional influence the European Union exerts in the world, focusing on its contribution to regional and global governance.

Presenting a multidisciplinary approach with contributions by a panel of outstanding scholars from political science, economics, legal studies, philosophy and history, the book examines the EU as global player and international power in the making. The book is divided into three parts:


  • Part I examines the influence of the EU as such on global governance, considering the Euro, the common market, the modernization policies for a knowledge society and its global role as both a multinational and regional democratic political system
  • Part 2 focuses on the EU’s external policies, including trade; humanitarian aid; the environment; climate change, migration, terrorism, crime and EU foreign policy
  • Part 3 explores the EU as a global actor in the making and looks at issues including enlargement and the EU’s neighbourhood policy; inter-regionalism; it critically addresses the weight of the historical legacies of Europe in the world and its cosmopolitan perspectives as well


The European Union and Global Governance will be of vital interest to students and scholars of European Politics, International Relations, and European Studies.

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About the Author:

Mario Telo is Professor of Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He is also President of the Institute of European Studies (IEE, ULB), Jean Monnet Chair, and PhD School Director. He has served as advisor to the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council Presidency.


"Everything you need to know and more about the European Union’s role as a global actor appears in this rich collection of essays.  The volume provides insights from multiple disciplines into what the EU does, how it does it, why it does it, and where it succeeds or fails in a vast range of  areas.  The authors are among the best scholars of the EU, lending great credit to the institution to which most are attached, the Université Libre de Bruxelles".

Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Boston University

"The European Union and Global Governance  is an admirably comprehensive volume about the EU's intricate relationship with structures and processes of global governance. It covers a wide range of policy- and issue-areas, including monetary policy, foreign and defence policy, environmental policy, competition regulation, trade policy, and immigration policy. The contributors illustrate the EU's actual and potential impact on global governance, but also the constraints and limits to that influence. Tensions between the regional and multilateral levels of governance are laid out, and the challenges facing the EU such as promoting IMF reform or mitigating climate change are presented without minimizing the enormity of the tasks ahead".

Karen.E.Smith, London School of Economics and Political Science


"Professor Telò and his colleagues provide a grand illumination of one of the central issues of world politics in this era of change, namely the emerging role of the European Union has a provider of global governance. The chapters offer impressive insights into the ways and means of EU leadership in a wide range of realms. The result is a portrait of the EU on the world stage that will surprise and enlighten students and experts alike."

John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

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