Publications and findings

WP 6 – Foreign and Security Dimension


What is the state of democracy within foreign andsecurity policy? The EU’s foreign and security policy is formallyconducted through intergovernmental agreements. But are nationalgovernments really free to decide on all matters pertaining to foreign,security and defence policy? RECON has investigated if member stateshave de facto uploaded powers to the EU level.


Publications and activities WP 6

A complete list of publications and presentations is available for each year of the project:

 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011

You can also try an open search in RECON’s database, or search by partner institution and name.



Selected findings from RECON’s research on the foreign and security dimension

  • Executive dominance in the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy is on the rise
  • Barriers between national and European levels of foreign policy making are eroded due to the institutionalisation of information exchange between the member states
  • The establishment of the High Representative and the European External Action Service contributes to a fragmentationof national executive power in foreign and security policy
  • Neither the European Parliament nor national parliaments are able to effectively control foreign, security and defence policy
  • While public support for a common foreign policy is high, the desirability of a common defence policy is contested
  • While a majority of Turkish elites agree on the desirability of EU membership, they do not share the same perception of the EU’s global role

Read more on these findings in the WP 6 leaflet Security beyond democracy? (pdf), which presents snapshots of selected findings to practitioners and policy makers, media and informed readers, civil society actors and interest groups, as well as other ‘stakeholders’.


RECON pamphlet

Reconstituting Democracy in Europe – Snapshots of findings (pdf)

Selected findings in brief from all RECON’s research fields