Why the Setting Up of Interparliamentary Conferences (IPCs) in the EU Revitalizes the Neglected Concept of 'Civilian Power Europe' (CPE)
CERiM Online Paper Series, No. 4/2018
31 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 20, 2018
In light of the post-Lisbon setting up of several new interparliamentary conferences (IPCs) in the European Union (EU) – and in particular that on the CFSP/CSDP – this paper calls for the need to return urgently to the civilian power Europe (CPE) conceptualization of the EU as an international actor. The reasons for doing so are as follows: (i) the fact that CPE was the only concept that addressed the question of democracy from its very beginning; (ii) that a proliferation of other concepts has produced a confusing and confused academic panorama on the subject, but without tackling that important democratic dimension; (iii) that CPE has been on the whole sidelined from the overall general debate on the spurious grounds that the beginning of EU militarization in the early 2000s implied the end of the relevance of that concept, and this in spite of evidence to the contrary. Finally, the paper concludes by considering how well the new IPCs fit into CPE, thus confirming the latter´s superior explanatory power over alternative approaches. Thus, this paper will address a rather ignored question that growing interparliamentary cooperation raises: what implications for the analysis of the EU as an international actor?
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