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The EU's Power in Inter-Organisational Relations


Part of the The European Union in International Affairs book series (EUIA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 11-44
  3. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 45-76
  4. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 109-135
  5. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 137-155
  6. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 157-187
  7. Hanna Ojanen
    Pages 189-202
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 203-231

About this book


This book studies inter-organisational relations from a new angle: power. Drawing on examples that highlight how the EU relates to NATO and to the UN, it shows how consequential inter-organisational relations are for the functioning and nature of the organisations, and how important it is to detect the forms of power exerted in these relations. Power, for international organisations, is above all about relevance. In an era when the legitimacy and role of international organisations is increasingly questioned, the organisations have a growing concern for ensuring their continued relevance. Subsequently, the management of relevance is a central part of inter-organisational relations and becomes visible in the way organisations handle questions about their tasks, hierarchies and image. Clear and accessible, the book will appeal both to the growing scholarly community working on inter-organisational relations and to a variety of audiences including practitioners and scholars outside the field of international relations.


Inter-Organisational Relations influence of the EU in international politics EU power in NATO EU power in the UN European Union politics power and influence of the EU EU in international relations measuring the relevance of the EU legitimacy of the EU hierachies of international organisations responsibilities of international organisations reputation of of international organisations the EU as an international actor

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of TampereTampereFinland

About the authors

Hanna Ojanen is Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland. Previously Head of Research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Programme Director of the European Union research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, she focuses on European integration, notably security and defence policy.

Bibliographic information


“Relations between the EU and NATO have become the key to the future of Europe’s security. In this important and ambitious book, Hanna Ojanen situates these relations (to which she adds a third element, the UN) in the context of the theoretical literature on power in international organisations. Where hierarchy has always bedevilled these relationships, she demonstrates conclusively that interdependence of power, rather than “power over”, has become the crucial structuring variable.” (Jolyon Howorth, Yale University, USA)