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The Common Security and Defence Policy as an Act of American Hegemony

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This article argues that rather than being an emancipatory step for the EU, the Common Security and Defence Policy in its current format represents a continuation of US strategic hegemony. Using a neo-Gramscian model of hegemony, by considering both civilian and military aspects of CSDP, the article shows how US ability to export its strategic doctrine to EU member states is undiminished. It argues that respect for US military achievements is a key reason for this, but that this may lead EU states to make poor strategic decisions, which moreover may lack political and public legitimacy.

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Author(s): Kempin R, Mawdsley J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Security

Year: 2013

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-73

Print publication date: 22/11/2012

ISSN (print): 0966-2839

ISSN (electronic): 1746-1545

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2012.726221


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