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What position, if any, does the international ministry practice in modern global politics? Is the argument that it's in a kingdom of terminal decline exact or rooted in just partial understandings of its altering personality? international Ministries within the eu Union explores this subject matter within the context of the european the place international ministry has performed a key position within the improvement of integration yet the place its position is more and more puzzled. The participants research the overseas ministry in thirteen member states and draw conclusions that problem a few traditional wisdoms.

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Member states gradually established European Political Cooperation in the 1970s and 1980s and then a Common Foreign and Security Policy in the 1990s, adding the European Security and Defence Policy after 2000. Foreign ministry structures and working methods have perforce adapted to the additional levels of policy making involved. Diplomats with regional or functional responsibilities, whether in capitals or in the field, became obliged to share their traditional prerogative of national foreign policy making and to consult and negotiate with their opposite numbers in member states and the European Commission.

34. Hanf and Soetendorp, op. , p. 9. 35. B. G. Peters, ‘Managing horizontal government: the politics of coordination’, Public Administration, 76(2), 1998, p. 306. 36. I have developed this point in B. Hocking, ‘Foreign ministries: the myth of the gatekeeper’, paper presented at the 38th International Studies Association Convention, Toronto, March 1997. 37. Peters, ‘Managing horizontal government’, op. , p. 298. 38. C. K. Ansell and S. Weber, ‘Organizing international politics: sovereignty and open systems’, International Political Science Review, 20(1), 1999, pp.

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