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The Migration Crisis : end of European solidarity? : A liberal intergovernmentalist perspective on the institutional crisis response of the EU

Tretter, Anna Caroline (2020) The Migration Crisis : end of European solidarity? : A liberal intergovernmentalist perspective on the institutional crisis response of the EU.

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Abstract:This thesis aims to answer the question why the EU has not agreed upon a multilateral crisis response regarding the distribution of incoming migrants across its Member States since the start of the Migration Crisis in 2015. Using the theoretical framework of Liberal Intergovernmentalism according to Andrew Moravcsik (1992, 1997, 1998) and the theoretical extension to crisis settings by Schimmelfennig (2018), Biermann et al. (2019) and Zaun (2018), this work employs a case study design to explain the unsuccessful attempts of the EU for joint crisis management in form of political reforms and burden-sharing. A qualitative content analysis was conducted using German newspaper articles from 2015 to 2018. In line with LI’s core assumptions, the institutional choice of the EU can be explained with national preference formation processes and intergovernmental bargaining dynamics although temporary disintegration and prevailing unilateralism greatly oppose the theory’s initial propositions. The applicability of LI to explain the EU’s institutional response to the Migration Crisis is reaffirmed while the influence of contextual factors is highlighted.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82398
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