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The overlooked impact of methodology in measuring the staffing record in EU civilian missions

Steinberg, Carina (2012) The overlooked impact of methodology in measuring the staffing record in EU civilian missions.

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Abstract:The EU's credibility as an actor in civilian crisis management is at stake. Low staffing contributions by the Member States of the Union have been discussed as a main problem in the EU's civilian crisis management since 2009, the year in which the Lisbon Treaty entered into force. Several measures have been taken at EU- and Member State level since then. The central research question of this study is 'What does the staffing record in EU civilian missions look like in 2012, three years after the Lisbon Treaty and how does the way in which it is measured influence the answer?' Three different methods of measuring the Member State's contributions in 2012 in comparison to those of 2009 will be applied and discussed, a fourth one will be introduced but not applied. It will be seen what the deployment rates look like in 2012 and how the approach applied influences this description. With regard to the methods, it is concluded that Jürgenliemk's approach is a good option given the lack of data publicly available for any more comprehensive analysis such as Gowan's and Korki's relative method. The latter one could of course better describe the 2012- situation and therewith, potential improvements. The staffing record in 2012 looks different as that of 2009 for less missions are deployed in 2012 than three years ago. As it is beyond the capacity of this study to describe every aspect of the 2012 deployment situation for every Member State the assessment of the current situation focuses on positive developments in deployment rates, improvements. In 2012, there are twelve countries that are either top-deploying, top-improving or both. They have been found to be good examples for other Member States that do not exploit their potential. But even for this partial aspect of the staffing record, there is no conclusion possible for the EU as a whole as it is not clear what would amount to a real improvement in the situation. This exemplifies the lack of theoretical considerations in the research field.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62052
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