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The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union
 
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The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union's Internal Security
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
27 Sep 2012
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EU internal security concerns such as migration, police and judicial cooperation are today part of EU foreign policy. This book shows how those concerns have taken over the EU agenda towards Mediterranean countries. Adopting a rational-choice institutionalist approach, it explores EU policy in the region since the turn of this century. Findings provide clues on how to re-design EU policies towards the region following the 2011 Arab revolts. Investigating the cases of border management, counter-terrorism and rule of law promotion through the lens of a rational-choice-historical institutionalism, the book contends that the development of a Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Mediterranean dimension was contingent upon two independent variables: states' preferences and historical legacies. Contrary to the expected outcome, which would be that the various decision-making rules constrained the actors, the sense that emerges is that the development of a JHA external dimension depends on the intended strategic action of actors and is affected by time.


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EU internal security concerns such as migration, police and judicial cooperation are today part of EU foreign policy. This book shows how those concerns have taken over the EU agenda towards Mediterranean countries. Adopting a rational-choice institutionalist approach, it explores EU policy in the region since the turn of this century. Findings provide clues on how to re-design EU policies towards the region following the 2011 Arab revolts. Investigating the cases of border management, counter-terrorism and rule of law promotion through the lens of a rational-choice-historical institutionalism, the book contends that the development of a Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Mediterranean dimension was contingent upon two independent variables: states' preferences and historical legacies. Contrary to the expected outcome, which would be that the various decision-making rules constrained the actors, the sense that emerges is that the development of a JHA external dimension depends on the intended strategic action of actors and is affected by time.


Reviews

'Sarah Wolff's book addresses some of the most topical internal security issues in the relations between the European Union and its Mediterranean neighbours. Its case studies on border management, counter-terrorism and rule of law promotion are highly knowledgeable and well researched. This book is valuable reading for anyone interested in EU-Mediterranean relations and their evolution.'
- Sandra Lavenex, Professor of International Relations and Global Governance, Institute of Political Science, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
 
'An excellent contribution to Europe's new security relations with its Mediterranean neighbours. In the wake of the Arab spring, this book could not be more topical.'
-Dr. Eiko Thielmann, Senior Lecturer, London School of Economics


Contents

Introduction
A Rational-Historical Institutionalist Approach
Justice and Home Affairs and its Mediterranean Dimension
Legacies and State's Preferences
Border Management in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean Dimension of EU Counter-Terrorism
Rule of Law Promotion in Egypt
Conclusions
Bibliography
Annexes
Endnotes





Authors

Sarah Wolff is Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, and Senior Research Associate Fellow at The Netherlands Institute for International Relations. Her research focuses on justice and home affairs and EU external relations, in particular with Mediterranean countries. She is also Visiting Lecturer on the external dimension of EU migration policies at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.