This book is an outgrowth of a research project at the Department of Political Science, Lund University. Several of the authors are original members of the project group; others are part of the extended network established as a result of the project. Labelled 'The European Union: Negotiations in Networks', the project received financial support from the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is gratefully acknowledged.
From the outset, ideas and drafts were discussed in an international reference group, consisting of Guy Olivier Faure, Morten Kelstrup, Sven Norberg and Michael Smith. The whole project profited from their valuable advice. To them, as well as the numerous others who have commented on drafts and shared ideas, the authors extend their deep thanks.
Chapter 4 of this volume, which appeared under the same title in the Journal of Common Market Studies (Vol. 42, No. 2, 2004), is reprinted with the kind permission of Blackwell Publishers. Chapter 12 has been published in the European Foreign Affairs Review (Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2000, pp. 175-95) under the title 'Lomé and post-Lomé: Asymmetric negotiations and the impact of norms'. The chapter is reprinted with the kind permission of Kluwer Law International.
The book is primarily intended for three different audiences. First, it might be used as a main text or supplementary reading in university courses on European policy making or international relations. Second, it addresses issues of concern to researchers on international negotiations as well as EU governance. Third, and not least, it provides useful perspectives and conceptual tools for officials who participate in EU negotiation processes as representatives of governments or other principals.
Lund, May 2004