European Union Cohesiveness at the UNGA: A comparative and critical approach

Abstract : Despite the availability of an increasing body of literature describing the European Union (EU) as a "global actor", especially in the United Nations system, it remains uncertain whether the EU acts differently from other regional groups. In order to ascertain possible peculiarities of the EU position, we therefore consider the voting pattern of its member States at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and then make a comparison with other regional groups. The result is that the EU is confirmed as a strong and cohesive group at the UNGA, but it is clearly not the only one, since other regional groups show similar voting behaviour. What's more, from a substantial point of view, one open question remains concerning the consequence of this strong internal European cohesion, increasing cohesiveness not appearing to translate into a growth in influence.
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Laurent Beauguitte. European Union Cohesiveness at the UNGA: A comparative and critical approach. Lorenzo Mechi, Guia Migani and Francesco Petrini. Networks of Global Governance: International Organisations and European Integration in a Historical Perspective, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.309-324, 2014. ⟨halshs-01071979⟩

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