Point of no return?: The European parliament after Lisbon and Stockholm

Ripoll Servent, Ariadna (2010) Point of no return?: The European parliament after Lisbon and Stockholm. European Security, 19 (2). pp. 191-207. ISSN 0966-2839

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The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon has raised new expectations in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ). The extension of co-decision increases the capacity of the European Parliament (EP) to have an influence on decision-making. This article engages with securitisation theories in order to analyse the evolution of the AFSJ as well as the role of its main actors in the securitisation process. It evaluates the past role of the EP as well as the recent changes introduced by the extension of co-decision in order to establish whether it will become a new securitising actor or will have the potential for de-securitisation of the agenda. The macro-institutional changes in the Treaty of Lisbon indicate that the EP will have opportunities to de-securitise, although the emphasis on EU citizens’ rights introduced in the Stockholm programme offers it a chance to appeal to domestic audiences at the expense of more diffuse issues such as immigration and asylum.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EU, Lisbon Treaty, Stockholm programme, area of Freedom, Security and Justice, European Parliament
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Ariadna RipollServent
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 16:55
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2012 13:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37142
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