The decision-making process in EU policy towards the Eastern neighbourhood: the case of immigration policy

Tabur, Canan Ezel (2012) The decision-making process in EU policy towards the Eastern neighbourhood: the case of immigration policy. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates the EU policy-making process concerning the external
dimension of migration focusing on the EU’s eastern neighbourhood.

In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on integrating a comprehensive
migration dimension into the broader external policies of the EU. In 2004, the European
Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was developed as an overarching foreign policy tool
integrating the EU’s existing policies towards its southern and eastern neighbourhood
under a single framework with the objective of ensuring security and stability in the
EU's neighbourhood. The management of cross-border movements along the EU’s new
eastern frontiers in particular has moved up on the EU agenda with the eastern shift of
the EU borders following the 2004/2007 eastern enlargements. With the increasing
integration of migration policy objectives into the EU’s broader neighbourhood policy,
the EU has progressively established a more streamlined form of cooperation with its
immediate eastern neighbours concerning different dimensions of migration policy. The
thesis examines the EU policy-making process with the aim of answering the question
of how the EU policy has been shaped in the view of diverging national preferences and
institutional roles and influence concerning the external dimension of migration policy.
As a salient policy area central to national sovereignty and interest, the EU member
states traditionally seek to control the impact of institutional constraints in the area of
migration policy and support mechanisms by which they could exert national control
over the policy outcomes. On the other hand, the increasing ‘communitarisation’ of the
policy area since the Amsterdam Treaty has enhanced the role of the EU institutions.

Drawing on the new-institututionalist approaches to EU policy-making, the thesis
questions a purely intergovernmental understanding of policy-making dominated by the
preferences of the member states in the external dimension of EU migration policy.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 11:33
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2015 13:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38671

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