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Realizing Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade

Objective

Seismic changes in global geopolitics, the rapid rise of global production networks, increasing disputes surrounding trade integration initiatives and challenges to ensuring coherence across policy initiatives at EU and Member State level have made the pursuit of EU external policy objectives more complex. The overarching goal of RESPECT is to identify options and opportunities for better realizing the EU’s soft power in achieving its external policy objectives. It does so through rigorous empirical analysis of the effects of trade and trade policy on nontrade policy objectives (NTPOs) and the development of conceptual frameworks to inform the design of a more coherent external policy mix. Four broad objectives are pursued: (i) documenting the prevailing situation – the set of EU and Member State policies that together characterize the EU’s trade and investment-related policy regime; (ii) understanding the factors that influence the ability of different constellations of EU external policies to attain both trade goals and NTPOs; (iii) determining success factors for effective EU external policies; and (iv) developing practical, operationally feasible recommendations to redesign trade policy to promote better overall EU external policy objectives while recognizing the political economy incentives confronting key actors in and outside the EU. The project centres on in-depth, multi-disciplinary analyses based on methodological triangulation of the impacts of EU trade-related policies, broadly defined to include the investment policies and economic diplomacy activities of Member States. Pathways to impact centre on close involvement of policymakers responsible for – and affected by – EU trade in all stages of the project, a focus on the design of institutional arrangements to enhance the coherence of EU external policies, and structured deliberation with key EU institutions, including the European Parliament and stakeholder groups in and outside the EU.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/political economy

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-ENG-GLOBALLY-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 524 550

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 196 127,50
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 396 081,25
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 501 097,50
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 405 985
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 167 187,50
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY MANAGEMENT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 184 245
Address
Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 21
6211 HE Maastricht
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 122 187,50
Address
33 2Nd Floor 33 Great Sutton Street
EC1V 0DX London
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
East Huixin Street Chaoyang District 10
100029 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Amsterdam Avenue 1210 Room
10027 7003 New York
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments