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Henrik Larsen examines the international coverage of a small ecu member country within the context of ecu overseas policy--the case of Denmark. The e-book seems at seven coverage components: coverage in the direction of different european member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the US and exchange.

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Again the analytical approach here is ‘as if’ followed by discussion of whether the results support this approach. Literature on national foreign policy in an EU context In the following I will discuss the literature on national foreign policy in an EU context linked to the broader issue of Europeanisation. , 2001: 3). Europeanisation is increasingly employed as a term to describe a process of transformation in Europe, although there is no definitional consensus as to whether it Theoretical Background and Analytical Framework 23 refers to transformations of EU institutions themselves and the participation of national actors in this process or to the domestic dynamics as a result of European integration (Ladrech, 2002b: 391).

This is the view taken by constructivists in IR who want to build a bridge to rationalists. At the other end, one finds the fully post-structuralist view that nothing has ontological status outside meaning and everything in the social world is therefore a social construction. Differences also exist within the epistemology of constructivism, that is the theory of how intersubjective meanings are to be studied. At one end of the spectrum lie approaches that see language as transparent in line with modernism or rationalism in IR.

However, the three cases and the interviews with practitioners are not well integrated. The general conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between national and European foreign policy seem to be based more on the interviews with practitioners than on the three case studies. The general statement about how ‘the relationship between national foreign policy and European foreign policy has been, and continues to be, a reciprocal one’ seems to be a stronger statement than the somewhat weaker conclusions about the three policy areas examined, according to which ‘these states have at one time or another, been constrained in the actions they took or the policies they adopted’ (Tonra, 2001: 279, 285).

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