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Transformations of the State

EU Asylum Policies

The Power of Strong Regulating States

Authors: Zaun, Natascha

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  • Makes a significant contribution to debates surrounding the refugee crisis
  • Explains how the EU can find potential solutions to this humanitarian disaster
  • Provides empirical, theoretical and methodological innovations
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This book fills a significant lacuna in our understanding of the refugee crisis by analyzing the dynamics that lie behind fifteen years of asylum policies in the European Union. It sheds light on why cooperation has led to reinforced refugee protection on paper but has failed to provide it in practice. Offering innovative empirical, theoretical and methodological research on this crucial topic, it argues that the different asylum systems and priorities of the various Member States explain the EU's lack of initiative in responding to this humanitarian emergency. The author demonstrates that the strong regulators of North-Western Europe have used their powerful bargaining positions to shape EU asylum policies decisively, which has allowed them to impose their will on Member States in South-Eastern Europe. These latter countries, having barely made a mark on EU policies, are now facing significant difficulties in implementing them. The EU will only identify potential solutions to the crisis, the author concludes, when it takes these disparities into account and establishes a functioning common refugee policy. This novel work will appeal to students and scholars of politics, immigration and asylum in the EU.

About the authors

Natascha Zaun is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, UK. 

Reviews

“The present book provides a novel and empirically convincing account of why the EU asylum system was not fit for purpose during the refugee crisis. … the book provides an innovative analytical and empirical approach to understanding the regulation of asylum at the European level.” (Ingi Iusmen, Journal of Common Market Studies JCMS, Vol. 56 (5), July, 2018)

“EU Asylum Policies challenges the view that a member state agreement on some reallocation mechanism is the key to dealing with the unprecedented inflow of asylum-seekers and refugees. The book is a must read for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the EU’s failure to respond to the refugee challenge.” (Tanja A. Börzel, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

“In this excellent book Natascha Zaun explains Europe’s elusive quest for a common asylum policy and why—contrary to conventional wisdom—this quest has not led to a “race to the bottom” and the weakening of asylum standards across the EU, even though the current migration crisis has exposed the fatal flaws of the EU refugee regime.” (James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University, USA)

“Zaun’s book constitutes one of the best informed and insightful treatments of this important, yet understudied, EU policy area.  It will greatly benefit anybody who is interested in better understanding the politics of asylum in Europe.” (Eiko Thielemann, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook £63.99
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Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-39828-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81976-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
EU Asylum Policies
Book Subtitle
The Power of Strong Regulating States
Authors
Series Title
Transformations of the State
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39829-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39829-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39828-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81976-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 315
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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