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Palgrave Macmillan

Governing Mobility Beyond the State

Centre, Periphery and the EU's External Borders

ISBN 9781137389411
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

How does the European Union maintain a multi-territorial area of free mobility, despite the fact that only its constituting units possess the necessary means to control mobility? This book explores the structural tensions and conflicts that arise with the abolition of border controls between the EU's member states and examines how these tensions affect and are affected by the institutional shape of the EU's external borders. Andreas Müller explores how the political interests in the institutional shape of the EU's external borders differ between centre and periphery, and how these differences affect both external borders and the structure and stability of the Schengen area as a whole. Müller demonstrates the tensions underlying this multinational area of mobility, and sheds light on the changing nature of the European nation state.

Andreas Müller is a Research Officer at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Germany. His research interests include the political sociology of Europe and the nation state.

1. Introduction
2. Post-national Borders as Functions or Institutions: A Theoretical Framework
3. The EU and the Transformations of Borders
4. Methods and Research Design
5. Maintaining Internal Freedom of Movement: The European Commission's Perspective on the external EU- Borders
6. Enforcing Selective Migration Policies: Germany and the External EU-Borders
7. Promoting Open Borders: Poland and the Visa Obligation
8. The institutionalization of the EU's border Regime between Poland and Ukraine
9. Conclusion


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