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The EU’s internal security strategy: A historical perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1903-4257
2015 (English)In: Security Journal, ISSN 0955-1662, E-ISSN 1743-4645, Vol. 28, no 3, 309-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The adoption of an Internal Security Strategy (ISS) in the European Union (EU) in 2010 raised not only expectations but also a number of questions from EU scholars and practitioners. Where did it come from? Who was behind the strategy? What will be its effect on actual cooperation and policy outcomes? This article takes a historical perspective to help answer these questions. We examine the ISS from three perspectives – its origin, its formulation and its eventual content – and examine how these perspectives illuminate the likely impact of the ISS. Using some ‘ideal-type’ benefits attributed to strategies generally – including political-symbolic benefits, cohering effects and operational guidance – we assess whether the history of the ISS is likely to enable or constrain success. While further research is needed, our analysis of developments in the months after adoption of the ISS suggests that its history may serve to undermine its impact on both cooperation and policy.

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2015. Vol. 28, no 3, 309-321 p.
Keyword [en]
European Union, Justice and Home Affairs, Internal Security, Internal Security Strategy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111135DOI: 10.1057/sj.2014.23ISI: 000357964600006OAI: diva2:774408
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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