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Comparative European Politics

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 304–326 | Cite as

Poland's power and influence in the European Union: The case of its eastern policy

  • Nathaniel Copsey
  • Karolina Pomorska
Original Article

Abstract

This paper seeks to assess the degree to which Poland exercises power and influence in the European Union. It employs Poland's policy towards its eastern neighbours as a case study, and, in doing so, contributes to two wider scholarly debates on how EU policy towards Russia, Ukraine and Belarus is made, and also the broader question of the evolving nature of the relationship between the European Union and its Member States. In doing so, it employs a synthetic framework that brings together the approaches for studying the power and influence of a given Member State that were developed by Wallace et al (2005), Tallberg (2008) and Moravcsik (1991, 1993, 1998). It concludes that Polish influence has been low.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Anand Menon, Tim Haughton and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on earlier versions of this paper. Nathaniel Copsey is grateful to CEELBAS, the ESRC (Small Research Grant RES-000-22-2723), the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the British Academy for their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Birmingham
  2. 2.Maastricht University

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