The Foreign and Security Dimension

Work package 6


WP coordinators  

Helene Sjursen, ARENA, University of Oslo


Wolfgang Wagner, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt 


The general aim of WP 6 is to assess the status as well as the prospect for democracy within the field of foreign and security policy in Europe. To what extent and in what ways is the realm of foreign and security policy democratised? And is the state form, the organised capacity to act, required for democratic government? WP 6 uncovers at what level – national, transnational or supranational – mechanisms for democratic control are developed. It also clarifies the principles that the EU binds itself to in its foreign and security policy, as well as the kinds of standards and policy instruments that the EU has established in order to ensure domestic-external consistency.

Foreign and security policy is in many ways at the water’s edge of democratic governance. It is within this issue area that the incidence of executive dominance is the most pronounced, at both the EU and the national level. Foreign and security policy is the hard case for those expecting that the EU has moved beyond an international organisation as well as for those expecting a development of European democracy towards the third model of RECON. The very nature of foreign and security policy is considered alien to supranationalism. Consequently, should the EU develop a robust foreign and security policy, this will be an important indicator of the EU developing into a polity in its own right. But this does not resolve the democratic issue. What might a democratic foreign and security policy look like? The second, state-based, model focuses its attention on internal democratic standards and the state form, whereas the third presupposes consistency between internal and external democratic standards.

More details on the research objectives of WP 6.


Publications and findings from WP 6

Research from the project is published in academic journals and books, as well as in RECON’s publication series (reports and online working papers). A complete list of publications and presentations from WP 6 is available for each year of the project.

This research group organises a number of workshops and conferences, as well as panels at international conferences. Complete list of WP 6 events.


RECON participants WP 6

ARENA, University of Oslo
Helene Sjursen (coordinator), Marianne Riddervold,
Guri Rosén

Freie Universität Berlin
Thomas Risse, Cathleen Kantner, 
Amelie Kutter, Swantje Renfordt

London School of Economics and Political Science
Federica Bicchi, Caterina Carta 

Sabanci University Istanbul
Meltem Müftüler-Bac, Yaprak Gursoy, Arzu Kibris, Selin Türkes

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Wolfgang Wagner (coordinator), Nicole Deitelhoff, Dirk Peters

University of Hamburg
Antje Wiener, Tomas Adell, Michael Clarke, Hannes Hansen-Magnusson, Maren Hofius
Uwe Puetter (Central European University, Budapest)