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The EU’s Role in Fighting Global Imbalances

Edited by Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Professor of European Law, holder of the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Chair of Legal Science, Stockholm University, Moa Mårtensson, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden, Lars Oxelheim, Professor, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund, Sweden and the School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway and affiliate to the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden and Thomas Persson, Associate Professor, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden
The EU’s Role in Fighting Global Imbalances looks at the role of the European Union in addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time: poverty, protectionism, climate change, and human trafficking. Contributions from ten leading scholars in the fields of economics, law, and political science provide in-depth analyses of three key dimensions of EU foreign policy, namely: the internal challenges facing the EU, as its 28 member countries struggle to coordinate their actions; the external challenges facing the EU on the global arena, in areas where global imbalances are particularly pervasive, and where measures taken by the Union can have an important impact; and the EU´s performance on the global arena, in the eyes of other key actors. Based on a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of the concept of global imbalances, this book argues that these challenges follow from pervasive global imbalances, which at root are economic, political, and legal in character.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 672 1
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
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The EU’s Role in Fighting Global Imbalances looks at the role of the European Union in addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time: poverty, protectionism, climate change, and human trafficking. The recent crisis has depleted the Union’s economic and political resources. At the same time the Union is, like never before, expected to confront these global challenges on the world political arena, where new regional power centres are establishing themselves. Based on a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of the concept of global imbalances, this book argues that these challenges follow from pervasive global imbalances, which at root are economic, political, and legal in character.

Contributions from ten leading scholars in the fields of economics, law, and political science provide in-depth analyses of three key dimensions of EU foreign policy, namely: the internal challenges facing the EU, as its 28 member countries struggle to coordinate their actions; the external challenges facing the EU on the global arena, in areas where global imbalances are particularly pervasive, and where measures taken by the Union can have an important impact; and the EU´s performance on the global arena, in the eyes of other key actors.

This policy-oriented, interdisciplinary volume offers real insight into the European Union and its role in global affairs and will appeal to academics and policy-makers alike.
‘This collection of chapters constitutes a highly valuable and informed input to the debate on the European Union’s present and potential role in the shaping of our common future. Together, the contributors take a comprehensive perspective covering legal, political and economic imbalances in the world that are of acute relevance for the possibilities to effectively tackle challenges common to us all, such as climate change, poverty, trafficking and the supply of scarce fundamental commodities. To what extent can the European Union be a constructive force in ameliorating these imbalances, and thereby in world politics, and how ought it to proceed?’
– Per Cramér, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

‘The international dimension of the EU’s activities is under-researched and often poorly understood. This book, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and bringing together a range of authors from the Nordic countries, provides a timely and well-thought-out exposition of the challenges the EU faces in the world.’
– Iain Begg, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Contributors: L. Aggestam, A.Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, A. Bigsten, S. Bogojevi?, O. Elgström, M. Henrekson, A. Jonsson Cornell, A. Kokko, M. Mårtensson, A. Moberg, L. Oxelheim, T. Persson, T. Sanandaji, A. Schmidt-Felzmann








Contents:

1. The EU and Global Inbalances
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, Moa Mårtensson, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson

2. Transformative Power or Political Dwarf? European Leadership and Global Imbalances
Lisbeth Aggestam

3. The Role of Aid in Reducing Global Imbalances: The EU and Africa
Arne Bigsten

4. Superentrepreneurship and Global Inbalances: Closing Europe’s Gap to Other Industrialised Regions
Magnus Henrekson and Tino Sanandaji

5. Global Imbalances in Climate Protection, Leadership Ambitions and EU Climate Change Law
Sanja Bogojevi?

6. Human Trafficking as a Result of Global Imbalances: The Role of the European Union
Anna Jonsson Cornell

7. Can the European Union Use Agreements to Even Out the Global Imbalance in the Protection of Human Rights?
Andreas Moberg

8. The Imbalances Between the European Union and China
Ari Kokko

9. The EU’s Relations With Russia: Off Balance and Beyond Repair?
Anke Schmidt-Felzmann

10. External Perceptions of the EU: Obstacle or Asset in the Fight Against Global Imbalances?
Ole Elgström

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