The European Union and Internal Security: Guardian of the People?

Mitsilegas, Valsamis, Monar, Jorg and Rees, Wyn (2003) The European Union and Internal Security: Guardian of the People? Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333968611

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Abstract

The subject of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) within the European Union only developed during the early 1990s and has consequently been a relatively neglected area of study. This however is no longer the case as the EU has been expanding its activities in JHA matters to the point where they have become some of the most important areas of responsibility for the Union. The EU is engaged in the process of constructing an internal security regime that encapsulates police cooperation, mutual assistance in matters of civil and criminal law and the creation of a judicial network. This EU approach to internal security policy has come about in response to perceptions of threat. With the dismantling of Europe's internal borders and the rise of organized crime and illegal immigration, the EU has been working to develop policies to counter these challenges. The European Union and Internal Security investigates the development of these security challenges and the measures by which the EU seeks to combat them. With the imminent enlargement of the EU to central and eastern Europe, these security challenges are expected to grow.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This book was the first research monograph to focus on the EU's growing role in the domain of internal security. It provides an in-depth analysis of the origins, obstacles, dynamics, results and problems of EU action in this domain. The monograph is based on an interdisciplinary (politics/law) approach which allows to bring out more effectively the specificity of EU governance on internal security matters, and places a major emphasis on the tensions between common policy-making and decentralised implementation as well as between "security" and "freedom" as conflicting objectives. The book is a "One Europe or Several?" project which JM co-directed from 1999 to 2001.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Jorg Monar
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:06
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24042
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