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(De)legitimization strategy: the discontinuation of humanitarian rescue efforts in the meditteranean

Kuehn, Hannah (2019) (De)legitimization strategy: the discontinuation of humanitarian rescue efforts in the meditteranean.

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Abstract:This thesis explores the discontinuation of NGO rescue ships in the Mediterranean being permitted to dock and offload in Italy. An interpretive method is used to research firstly the development of the act of discontinuation, using Stegmaier et al.’s theories of discontinuation (2014). Then, focusing on Borrás and Elder’s Governance of Change theory (2014) and Berger and Luckmann’s Social Construction of Reality (1966), the study shifts its focus to the legitimation and de-legitimation strategies used by actors Italy and the EU. The thesis shows, that through utilizing foremost the Januslike nature of legitimation and de-legitimation, Italy and the EU developed a strong cooperative strategy for their process of discontinuation. It became clear that the EU played a key role in the early discontinuation strategies and that Libya was chosen to be transformed into the new ‘rescuer’ nation in the Mediterranean, in order to become yet another ‘gatekeeper’ of Europe.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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