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By H. Larsen

Henrik Larsen examines the overseas coverage of a small ecu member nation within the context of ecu overseas policy--the case of Denmark. The publication seems at seven coverage components: coverage in the direction of different european member states, anti-terrorism, improvement, the Balkans, Africa, Latin the United States and alternate.

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The organisations are seen as strategic contexts for the actors (states). They merely influence the strategies that actors employ to achieve certain given ends. The states recalculate how to achieve their interests in the presence of structures. Within this approach, organisations are seen as intervening variables (Hobson, 2000). 2. Historical institutionalism. Within this school, institutions get ‘thicker’ but only in a long-term perspective. In the short term, organisations provide incentives for instrumentally motivated actors to rethink strategies.

N. Petersen, 1998: 49–50) Denmark has thus been willing to adapt her national policy to common EU policies while also being active in certain policy areas. Denmark has put forward demands in relation to CEE policy while concessions have been most prominent in Middle East policy (N. Petersen, 1998: 49). However, the defence and security areas are seen as different. Here strategies are closer to the acquiescent and quiescent policy mode. These strategies, which are seen as supplementing the general balancing line on the CFSP in the late 1990s, are presented as the consequence of the referendum in 1992 (N.

If the influence capacity is low and stress sensitivity is high, the policy line will be acquiescence, whereby the state in question is forced to accept major incursions on national preferences by the external environment. Finally, if both stress sensitivity and influence capacity are low the line will be quiescence, that is isolationism (Due-Nielsen and Petersen, 1995: 14; N. Petersen, 1998: 38). The adaptation theory assumes a general (international) trend towards balancing in foreign policy due to the growing interdependence among states.

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