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Uncovering the Diverging Institutional Logics of EU Civil Protection
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Försvarshögskolan, Institutionen för Säkerhet och Strategi.
2009 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, Vol. 44, no 3, 288-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of European Union (EU) civil protection cooperation

highlights important issues in the debate on the internal–external

security nexus. It points to the increased transnationalization of threats

usually assigned to the field of ‘internal’ security, but it also presents

researchers with a puzzle: despite the relatively rapid development of

civil protection cooperation, there is still substantial disagreement among

the EU member states as to how it should continue to develop. Applying

an analytical framework based on neo-institutional organization theory

and the study of organizational ‘fields’, this article explores two questions:

What is the institutional basis for member states’ diverging

positions on the future direction of EU civil protection? and How may

these positions affect the current development of EU civil protection?

Our analysis draws upon empirical evidence from civil protection practice

in Spain, Sweden and the EU, including official documents in the

form of bills and laws, policy papers and elite interviews. We find that

the basis for member states’ diverging positions on the future of EU

civil protection is rooted in conflicting national institutional logics

of civil protection. No logic has become dominant at the EU level,

suggesting that as long as multiple institutional logics continue to coexist,

disagreement on the future development of European level civil

protection cooperation will persist.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SAGE , 2009. Vol. 44, no 3, 288-308 p.
Keyword [en]
EU civil protection; institutional logics; Spain; Sweden
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31849ISI: 000269205800003OAI: diva2:278757
Available from: 2009-11-30 Created: 2009-11-30 Last updated: 2010-01-15Bibliographically approved

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