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Governance and cyberwar : the role of the European Union

Schibberges, J. (2011) Governance and cyberwar : the role of the European Union.

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Abstract:The thesis investigates the relationship between cyberwar and governance using the examples of the European Union and NATO. Before addressing the two hypotheses, the main concepts of cyberwar and cyberdefense are defined and operationalized. The first hypothesis posits that the EU has already incorporated cyberdefense into its policy portfolio and tries to check this via the analytical framework of security governance. The second hypothesis takes a closer look at the principles of governance involved in cyberdefense and compares the European Union’s multi-level governance with the intergovernmentalism of NATO. The assertion is that the EU is better suited to organize a European cyberdefense on account of its governance approach. Both hypothesis can be confirmed which leads to the overall conclusion that cyberdefense may be the policy field where the often called for common defense of the European Union could be realized.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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