Research Student: Dr Simon Sweeney
The Evolution of European Security and Defence Policy
Part time registration; Simon Sweeney is a Lecturer at the University of York.
This research looks at the development of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) from the St Malo Declaration in 1998 to the Lisbon Treaty. The study assesses whether ESDP is driven by state interests, reflecting a form of liberal intergovernmentalism similar to that applied to the Single European Market (Moravcsik, 1998), or is it a product of sociological institutionalism, policy making theories, and normative pressures of a constructivist kind? The study also explores barriers to ESDP, such as the traditional state-centredness of security and defence policy, appeals to sovereignty, and the fragmentation of the European defence industry. These factors threaten the substance of ESDP and its ability to respond adequately to the changed environment which marks security and defence as much changed problems since the Cold War.