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Explaining the European commission's strategies in times of crisis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.
2019 (English)In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, ISSN 0955-7571, E-ISSN 1474-449X, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 159-177Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the growing debate over the European Commission's (hereafter, Commission) role in crises, there are few systematic explanations for the variety of actions undertaken by the Commission in times of crisis. This article outlines a heuristic device to explain the Commission's actions during crises, based on the variables 'Commission mandate' and 'member state engagement'. To this end, it examines two crisis events that affected two strategically important policy areas for European Union integration: the early stages of the financial crisis that began in 2008 and the migration following the 2011 Arab Spring. Based on analysis of these cases, this study identifies four strategies applied by the Commission: doer, follower, cooperator and recycler. Our study concludes that member state engagement and Commission mandate are important variables in explaining under which circumstances these strategies are used by the Commission.

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2019. Vol. 32, no 2, p. 159-177
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International Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169120DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2019.1577800ISI: 000465902200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169120DiVA, id: diva2:1319922
Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-10-14Bibliographically approved

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