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Geopolitics and Expertise. Knowledge and Authority in European Diplomacy. Edition No. 1. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2616958
  • Book
  • February 2014
  • Region: Europe
  • 238 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Geopolitics and Expertise is an in-depth exploration of how expert knowledge is created and exercised in the external relations machinery of the European Union.

  • Provides a rare, full-length work on transnational diplomatic practice
  • Based on a rigorous and empirical study, involving over 100 interviews with policy professionals over seven years
  • Focuses on the qualitative and contextual, rather than the quantitative and uniform
  • Moves beyond traditional political science to blend human geography, international relations, anthropology, and sociology
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Series Editors' Preface vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: The Crown Jewel 1

1 The Dead Relative: Bounding Europe in Europe 12
Geopolitics by Nobody; Carving Places out of Space; Embodied Europes

2 Knowledge and Policy in Transnational Fields 32
Placing Diplomatic Knowledge; Policy Fields; "The work of reciprocal elucidation"

3 Brussels and Theatre: Bureaucracy and Place 61
Planet Brussels; Those Who Hold the Pen: EU Professionals; The Political and the Technical – and the Social

4 Transnational Diplomats: Representing Europe in EU 27 86
European External Action Service; Curved Mirrors: Negotiating the National; The Group for Which There is no Term: The New Member States

5 Powers of Conceptualization and Contextualization 112
A New Object of Knowledge; Fields of Expertise in the European Quarter; "Most people just want to do what they are told"

6 Feel for the Game: Symbolic Capital in the European Quarter 133
Symbolic Capital; "We are dealing with elites"; "In the third degree of depth"; "An urbane, subtle approach"; Shifts and Spirals

7 Political Geographies of Expertise 171
Knowledge From and On the East; Finding a Market; "Things are evolving"; Managing Difference

Conclusion: Circles of Knowledge 195

References 209

Index 225

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Merje Kuus University of British Columbia, Canada.
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