This chapter frames the analysis that follows in this edited volume, discussing European Union international actorness in a context of increased contestation to the international liberal order. It introduces the contribution of this study to this discussion by engaging with the debates on global actorness and mapping new conceptual and theoretical avenues to better understand how agency and power are exerted at the global and regional levels. It also sets the roadmap for analysing how the EU has been repositioning itself in this contested international order, which is organised around three main lines: firstly, by looking at how the EU positions itself internationally in certain issue-areas; secondly by engaging, on the one hand, with the EU’s own perspective towards its regional contexts and, on the other hand, with the perspectives of regional actors on the EU; and, thirdly, by exploring non-European perspectives on EU actorness.
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Freire, M.R., Lopes, P.D., Nascimento, D., Simão, L. (2022). EU Global Actorness in a World of Contested Leadership: Policies, Instruments and Perceptions. In: Freire, M.R., Lopes, P.D., Nascimento, D., Simão, L. (eds) EU Global Actorness in a World of Contested Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92997-8_1
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