DOVER, R., 2007. Europeanization of British Defence Policy. Aldershot: Ashgate.
The Europeanization of defence is an undernourished element of the relatively
new field of Europeanization studies. The majority of the extant Europeanization
literature covers the extent to which membership of the European Union affects
the policies produced by member states, and similarly the way that states configure
their bureaucracies in responding to EU policy initiatives. As a result the underlying
assumption of Europeanization is that this phenomenon is top-down. Pressure
is exerted from EU institutions, European law or by expectations on national
governments to engage in EU issues means that member states are compelled to
alter their policies to reflect and deliver a ‘Europeanized’ agenda.
This book shows these assumptions to be incorrect. The Europeanization of
British defence policy (1997-2005) demonstrates that these presumptions can be
reversed with member governments uploading their preferences into the EU and
effectively locking the other Members into their ‘uploaded’ preferences... cont'd.
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Funding for research that went into this book was received from the Economic and Social Research Council for the Post-
Graduate Research Award, R42200034110 (2000-2003).