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Tuesday, 26th February 2013

European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2013

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

From the Preface:

(W)e assessed the collective performance of all EU actors, rather than looking at the action of any particular institution or member state. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of Europe as a global actor, we focused on policies and results rather than on institutional processes. We assigned two scores – “unity” and “resources”, each graded out of 5 – for European policies themselves, and a third score – “outcome”, graded out of 10 – for results. The sum of these scores was then translated into a letter grade.

We also continued to evaluate the role played by individual member states on 30 out of the 80 components of European foreign policy in which they played a particularly significant role. With the help of researchers in the 27 EU member states, we classified each member state into three nominal categories as being either a “leader”, a “supporter”, or a “slacker” in each of these 30 components. Such a categorisation obviously involves a political judgment. However, we have strived to continue refining the process this year by explaining the reasoning that led to the assigning of each category.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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