This book is the first of its kind to paint a comprehensive picture of the manner in which the European Union (the EU) interacts with transnational policy networks (TPNs). The TPNs covered are those in a variety of fields including: conflict-prone natural resources, health, energy security, migration, human trafficking, combating of terrorism financing and climate change. The chapters are developed around six main lines of inquiry. The lines of inquiry articulated are: modalities through which the EU influences TPNs around the world, TPNs’ influence of policy and decision-making within the EU, conditions under which engagement between the TPNs and the EU may be regarded as successful, the identity and location of the TPNs and finally the added value or futility of a strategy developed in Brussels to weaken or fortify interactions with the networks studied. The importance of TPNs should be approached from the angle of the heightened attention now placed on informal modes of decision making. Increasingly there is a sense that many international decisions are adopted and internalized through networks that can be efficient yet wanting in transparency. The book unveils complex debates on the inter-phase between inter-governmental / supranational entities like the EU, on the one hand, and networks, on the other. The physiognomy of this inter-phase matters not only for the EU but also for other such inter-governmental/ supranational bodies as well as networks. This book was previously published as a special issue of Contemporary Politics.

chapter 1|14 pages

Setting the scene: the European Union’s engagement with transnational policy networks

ByStephen Kingah, Vivien Schmidt, Wang Yong

chapter 2|13 pages

Assessing the European Union’s engagement with transnational policy networks on conflict-prone natural resources

ByRaynold Wonder Alorse, W.R. Nadège Compaoré and J. Andrew Grant

chapter 4|21 pages

The European Union and its energy security challenges: engagement through and with networks

ByRafael Leal-Arcas, Juan Alemany Ríos, Costantino Grasso

chapter 5|14 pages

Transnational policy networks and the European Union’s energy policy

ByAlexandra-Maria Bocse

chapter 7|18 pages

Transnational policy networks in the migration field: a challenge for the European Union

ByPetra Mezzetti, Sebastiano Ceschi

chapter 8|14 pages

The European Union’s networked approach to human trafficking

ByJudeska L.M. Isenia and Stephen Kingah