Ana E. Juncos
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The politics of coherence and effectiveness
in EU Foreign and Security Policy in Bosnia
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Chapter 3 introduces the concepts of coherence and effectiveness and different categories that will guide the empirical analysis. It also situates these terms within broader political and academic debates. In particular, it draws attention to the political and contested nature of these two concepts. Coherence, it is argued, has become a buzzword in official and academic debates. What is not often acknowledged, however, are the positive and normative connotations associated with this term as a proxy for success, integration or supranationalism. As far as effectiveness is concerned, how these problems are approached depends, inter alia, on the conceptualisation of EU foreign policy and of the EU more broadly (as a state-like entity, an international organisation or sui generis), the components of the external action considered and the timeframe of the analysis. The chapter also discusses the complex but not always positive relations between coherence and effectiveness. Finally, the chapter turns to examine the role of intergovernmental, bureaucratic and local politics in explaining coherence and effectiveness.

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