The European Union and as an actor navigating international regime complexes

The European Union and International Regime Complexes

Academic Editors: Tom Delreux (University of Louvain) and Joseph Earsom (University of Louvain)

in Politics and Governance Vol 11, No 2 (2023)



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They also wrote an editorial as part of this issue :  

Delreux, T., & Earsom, J. (2023). The European Union and as an actor navigating international regime complexes. Politics & Governance 11(2), p. 1-5.


Global governance in many domains is increasingly characterised by the existence of international regime complexes— i.e., sets of overlapping institutional fora taking up different aspects of a broader issue area. As an international actor, the EU faces a context of such international regime complexity. Yet, little is known about how the EU navigates international regime complexes and how regime complexes impact the EU’s behaviour in individual fora. This thematic issue, therefore, seeks to improve our understanding of how different manifestations of international regime complexes affect the EU as an international actor and to provide empirical insight into the ways actors like the EU navigate international regime com‐ plexes. In this editorial, we situate the thematic issue within the broader academic debates on the EU’s role in international regime complexity, argue for the need to study the EU as an actor therein, and provide an overview of the thematic issue’s objectives and the nine articles that comprise it.



Keywords EU; EU external action; international organizations; regime complexity Issue


Publié le 05 mai 2023