European Union Voting Cohesion in the United Nations General Assembly: the case of eastern enlargement

Hopmann, Luisa (2010) European Union Voting Cohesion in the United Nations General Assembly: the case of eastern enlargement.

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Abstract:In European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy a development towards increasing cooperation and coordination in foreign policy matters can be observed. However, when in 2004 and 2007 a great number of new member states joined the Union, fears of how this would prevent the EU from further „speaking with one voice‟ arose. This research project aims at analysing voting cohesion in the United Nations General Assembly after enlargement, based on the voting records of UN resolutions voted upon between 2004 and 2009. By considering various International Relations approaches a theoretical background will be given, serving to predict and explain possible variations and changes over time. The method employed for that is the so-called „Agreement Index‟ in order to investigate the temporal development and level of cohesion. What is the development of voting cohesion among the EU member states, in particular with the joining of „new‟ members? Has voting cohesion declined with enlargement? Can we indeed observe an increase in cohesion after enlargement, that is to say, a change between the moment of access of the new member states and more recent moments in time? This research shows that in general EU voting cohesion among the EU member states is high, but that no support can be given to the hypotheses that with enlargment voting cohesion in the UNGA declines and that it recovers or simply increases after some time (again) as the consequence of coordination pressures.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60325
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