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The European Union as a Security Policy Actor : The Case of Counterterrorism

Beyer, Cornelia


Cornelia Beyer


This article examines the actorness of the European Union in the security policy field. Applying and adapting criteria developed by Bretherton and Vogler - namely criteria regarding structure, effect and international status - the European Union is described as a 'collective actor'. Collective actorness is dissimilar to that of a classical international unit, i.e. the state, but implies that some coherence, cooperation and a certain amount of collective action can be expected. Also, of relevance for the measurement of actorness is the extent of participation in global governance and recognition in international law. After testing the EU on seven criteria, it can be discerned that a certain collective actorness is present, even if problems regarding a 'common voice' and coherence of internal policies still exist.


Beyer, C. (2008). The European Union as a Security Policy Actor : The Case of Counterterrorism. European Foreign Affairs Review, 13(3), 293-315

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal European Foreign Affairs Review
Print ISSN 1384-6299
Publisher Kluwer Law International
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 293-315
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