Europe in the World


The EU and Effective Multilateralism

17 Feb 2014 - 14:10

This book investigates the extent to which the EU has defined and operationalised the notion of effective multilateralism.

Reform has dominated the agenda of the EU in recent years with the adoption and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. However, various international organisations have also been in reform mode in an attempt to adjust their structure to the changing polarity and counter criticisms about a lack of legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness.

The EU and Effective Multilateralism examines the EU’s intention to make multilateral settings more effective, as formulated by the European Security Strategy in December 2003. Firmly grounded in new empirical research, it aims to provide a balanced account of the fit between the EU’s internal reform and external reform of the international settings. and the EU’s positioning in debates on reform of international fora, such as the G20, NATO, and the UNSC.

It is edited by Edith Drieskens, Professor at KU Leuven, and Louise van Schaik, Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute.


This book will be of much interest to students of EU politics, European security, international organisations, foreign policy and IR in general.

On March 31, this book will be launched during an expert seminar on the EU and effective multilateralism which will take place at the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.


For more information, please open the flyer below or follow this link to Routledge’s website.