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Liberty versus security? EU asylum policy and the European Commission

Kaunert, C 2009, 'Liberty versus security? EU asylum policy and the European Commission' , Journal of Contemporary European Research, 5 (2) , pp. 148-170.

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Abstract

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) experienced significant developments during the Tampere programme (1999 – 2004). This article analyses how security is constituted or viewed by the European Union in the area of asylum policy; more importantly how the European Commission, in the face of the emerging discourse on the ‘war on terror’ decided to push for a more inclusive agenda. Thus, the European Commission can (though not always does) play a significant role in this process - the role of a supranational policy entrepreneur that enables the normative construction of a policy. The article analyses the high-profile case of the first phase of the CEAS, particularly the four main directives, its legal and political construction, and suggests the significance of the Commission in the political and normative process. Despite the challenges of the ‘war on terror’, the Commission managed to keep the CEAS within the limits of the Geneva Convention.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary European Research
Publisher: UACES
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1815-347X
Depositing User: C Kaunert
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 16:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:17
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18837

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