Financial and Economical Crisis - the Impact on the EU as a Global Actor

Ivayla Arabadzhieva, Jekaterina Komleva & Helle H. Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project analyses the question of ‘can the European Union (EU) continue as a global actor after being struck by the financial and economic crises’. The analysis is made with main focus on the impact on EU’s role on the international scene. The project considers the crisis through an analysis of the decision-making patterns of the EU, using historical, sociological and discourse-integration theories. Through the analysis of the three types of institutionalism and the economical reforms, the project will try to give an understanding of any occurring decisions and changes. This is suggested to be mirrored in the EU’s role globally, and is argued to provide the context for to what extent the EU has been influenced by the financial global crisis. Through the Monetarists, Realist and Neo-liberal theories the project emphasises the development of the crisis and the Fiscal Compact. The economical foundation of the EU is evaluated to see whether it has enhanced the crisis impact. Also, the willingness of other global actors to support the EU financially will be analyses, using Russia, China and the USA as examples, as it is suggested to influence on the EU’s role as a global actor as whole.

UddannelserEU-studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2012


  • EU
  • economic crisis
  • Global Actor