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2019
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Alberto Majocchi

Africa and Europe: a Shared Future

The contributions collected in this volume are linked by a common thread: the development of Africa is a problem that must be faced and solved by the peoples of the continent, with the aim of consolidating democracy and guaranteeing a future of growth and progressive improvement in the quality of life. However, Europe has a role and a responsibility in this process: after having imposed on Africa the model of the bureaucratic and centralized national state, Europe today can represent a model of integration, on the economic field and, in perspective, on the political terrain. Beyond this, Europe must offer a partnership with the African Union to start a Green New Deal for Europe and Africa together, with the allocation of financial resources, but also technology transfers and infrastructure creation. But in this partnership for growth the initiative must be entrusted to African countries, as was the case for Europe in the case of the Marshall Plan. Europe must impose as a sole condition that their plan be drawn up in common and placed in the perspective of strengthening the process of economic and political integration already started on the Continent.
Peter Lang
2019
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Giovanni Finizio

The Interplay between the Regional and Sub-regional Dimensions of African Regionalism: A Historical Perspective

A. Majocchi, (ed.) Europe and Africa: A Shared Future, Peter Lang, Brussels, p. 29-51.

The contributions collected in this volume are linked by a common thread: the development of Africa is a problem that must be faced and solved by the peoples of the continent, with the aim of consolidating democracy and guaranteeing a future of growth and progressive improvement in the quality of life. However, Europe has a role and a responsibility in this process: after having imposed on Africa the model of the bureaucratic and centralized national state, Europe today can represent a model of integration, on the economic field and, in perspective, on the political terrain.
Peter Lang
2019
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Luigi Burroni - Alberto Gherardini - Gemma Scalise

Policy Failure in the Triangle of Growth: Labour Market, Human Capital, and Innovation in Spain and Italy

in South European Society&Politics, vol. 24, no.1, p. 29-52

This article focuses on the Italian and Spanish models of growth and analyses labour market, human capital and innovation policy reforms since the mid 1990s. The comparison with France and Germany shows the constraints that have hindered the rise of institutional complementarities and the competitiveness of the two Mediterranean countries already before the introd uction of the euro and the outbreak of the 2008 crisis. The analysis highlights both similarities and structural differences between Italy and Spain and demonstrates the long-term institutional conditions that explain why the economic breakdown has had such a deep impact on the two countries.
Routledge
2019
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Paolo Bargiacchi

Are European Security Policies Learning Some Lessons from United States on Migration and Human Rights?

in Marko Novakovic (ed.) Common Law and Civil Law Today - Convergence and Divergence

Authors from 13 countries come together in this edited volume, Common Law and Civil Law Today: Convergence and Divergence, to present different aspects of the relationship and intersections between common and civil law. Approaching the relationship between common and civil law from different perspectives and from different fields of law, this book offers an intriguing insight into the similarities, differences and connections between these two major legal traditions.
Vernon Press
2019
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Francesco Costamagna

At the Roots of Regulatory Competition in the EU: Cross-border Movement of Companies as a Way to Exercise a Genuine Economic Activity or just Law Shopping?

in European Papers, vol. 4, no.1, p. 185-205

The Article critically engages with the case law of the Court of Justice on the application of Treaty provisions on freedom of establishment to cross-border transfers of companies. In particular, it demonstrates that the Court has come to consider the possibility for companies to use freedom of establishment as a tool to choose the law applicable to them as an objective of the relevant Treaty provisions, rather than as an abuse.
European Papers
2019
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Michela Ceccorulli

Back to Schengen: the Collective Securitisation of the EU Free-Border Area

in West European Politics, vol. 42, p. 302 - 322

This article considers how a major influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East during 2015 led to an EU-initiated collective securitisation of the Schengen space.
Routledge
2019
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Anna Caffarena - Giuseppe Gabusi

China's Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: Space-Shaping as Ordering

in S. Giusti and I. Mirkina (eds.) The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East

This book examines political, social, and economic interactions in highly interconnected areas, stretching from Europe to Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia, labelled as Trans-Europe. The first part of the book focuses on the interests of several leading actors in Trans-Europe. The second part deals with the actions of national actors trying to compete with the EU influence in their shared neighbourhood. The third part studies cross-border issues, such as economic dynamics, migration flows and energy markets in the Trans-European space.
Palgrave macmillan
2019
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Richard Youngs

Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy?

One of the signal events in global politics in the last decade has been the transformation of political and civic activism. Not only is the new activism qualitatively different in character from what it was in 2000; its intensity and frequency have dramatically increased.
Carnegie Europe
2019
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Sarah L Beringer - Sylvia Maier - Markus Thiel

EU Development Policies - Between Norms and Geopolitics

The European Union (EU), while collectively constituting the world’s largest development provider, has come under internal and external pressures over the past decade. This book argues that the EU’s development policies are situated between the bloc’s normative ideals and the global geopolitical realities in which it is embedded. In order to investigate these tensions, it asks how far the 'normative power' Europe concept exists in EU development policies, and how far it is recognizable in the EU’s focus on human rights, the rule of law, and sustainability. In light of the tension in EU development policies between those ideals and the necessity to project neoliberal and geopolitical interests, how do receiving countries perceive the EU’s development efforts? This volume, complete with contributions from academics from a wide range of disciplines based all around the globe, provides answers to these essential questions.
Palgrave Macmillan
2019
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Michelangelo Conoscenti

Europe at the Centre of Military Inform and Influence Activities: Implications for the European Public Debate.

in Problemi dell'informazione, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 117-144

This paper stems from three fundamental tenets: the first is to challenge the idea that the efforts made by the EU to reduce the democratic deficit by investing in communication strategies have been effective. The second is that populism feeds its political action and develops its narratives exploiting the adversaries’ weaknesses, turning them into its strongholds. The third is that recent political debates in the European countries have transformed the European Public Space into a militarised one. The paper will discuss how Europe could try to adopt a thorough strategic communication policy that considers the attempt to transform the European informative environment into one that is currently the target of military Inform and Influence actions by adversary entities.
Il Mulino
2019
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Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit

"Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice" offers a unique take both on Brexit and on the power of mythical stories to frame our democratic conversation. Kalypso Nicolaidis conjures up three archetypes to explore the competing visions that have clashed so dramatically over the meaning of Brexit, whether as the ultimate demonstration of British exceptionalism, a harbinger of terrible truths or sacrifice on the altar of EU unity.
Unbound
2019
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Michela Ceccorulli - Serena Giusti

From Soviet Satellite to Regional Power: Poland after 1989

in Federiga Bindi (ed.), Europe and America. The End of the Transatlantic Relationship?

Foreign policy is like physics: vacuums quickly fill. As the United States retreats from the international order it helped put in place and maintain since the end of World War II, Russia is rapidly filling the vacuum. Federiga Bindi’s new book assesses the consequences of this retreat for transatlantic relations and Europe, showing how the current path of US foreign policy is leading to isolation and a sharp decrease of US influence in international relations.
Brookings Institution
2019
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Daniela R. Piccio

Party Responses to Social Movements: Challenges and Opportunities

Across the West, the explosion of social movement activity since the late 1960s has constituted a “participatory revolution” that has posed profound challenges for formal political parties. Through an analysis of new interviews, institutional documents, and a host of other largely unexploited sources, Daniela R. Piccio provides a rich and empirically grounded exploration of the wide-ranging responses to these movements. Focusing on Italy and the Netherlands since the 1970s, Party Responses to Social Movements demonstrates how political parties have incorporated the demands of movements to a surprising extent, even as both have grappled with fundamental and inevitable tensions between their respective roles and aims.
Berghan Books
2019
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Roberta Ricucci

Peur et identité dans les discours europeéns, «De Europa» (special issue)

in Problemi dell'informazione, vol.44, no.1, p. 233-234

perché ci si percepisce come parte di una comunità? quali sono i motivi alla base di un'azione comune, una posizione politica o ancor più del riconoscimento reciproco di una caratteristica identitaria? Nella storia delle società umane da sempre una particolare rilevanza è stata riscoperta dalla condivisione di emozioni, letteralmente un "sentire comune". Solo in tempi relativamente recenti, tuttavia, questo elemento è stato reso oggetto di studio in modo approfodntio in campi disciplinari diversi e interrelati tra loro, da quello linguistico a quello sociologico a quello più specificatamente politologico.
Il mulino
2019
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Stefano Montaldo

Swords Shielding Security? The Use of Databases in Criminal Cooperation within the European Union: Challenges and Prospects

in Elena Carpanelli and Nicole Lazzerini (eds.) Use and Misuse of Technology: Contemporary Challenges under International and European Law

The Chapter analyses the changing scenario of information technology cooperation for law enforcement purposes in the EU. It proposes a taxonomy of existing information cooperation tools, based on two criteria: the cooperation techniques and the institutional settings governing information exchange. On this basis, the analysis briefly addresses the increasing involvement of private (economic) actors in contributing to cooperation in criminal matters and the quest for a higher degree of interoperability among various information systems. While highlighting the risks connected to prioritizing security concerns, the Chapter also underscores the integrative potential of information cooperation in a common European space without internal borders.
Springer
2019
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Sonia Lucarelli

The EU as a Securitising Agent? Testing the Model, Advancing the Literature

in West European Politics vol.42, no.2, p. 413-436

EU actorness even in turbulent times has been re-affirmed by a largely overlooked phenomenon – namely, the emergence of the EU as an agent of collective securitisation. The fundamental claim of securitisation theory is that threat emergence and management are shaped by the actions of a securitising agent that explicitly links together the social construction of the threat with socially acceptable governance or policy measures. This concluding piece of the Special Issue proceeds from the twin assumptions that securitisation is possible within the EU space and that securitisation affects the nature and modalities of EU security governance across different policy domains.
Routledge
2019
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Christopher Hill

The Future of British Foreign PolicySecurity and Diplomacy in a World after Brexit

Since 1945, Britain has had to cope with a slow descent from international primacy. The decline in global influence was intended to be offset by the United Kingdom’s entry into Europe in 1975, with the result that national foreign policy came to rest on the two pillars of the Atlantic alliance and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. Yet, with Brexit, one of these pillars is now being removed, leaving Britain facing some serious challenges arising from the prospect of independence.In this incisive book, Christopher Hill explores what lies ahead for British foreign policy in the shadows of Brexit and a more distant and protectionist America under Donald Trump. While there is much talk of a renewed global profile for the UK, Hill cautions that this is going to be difficult to turn into practical reality. Geography, history and limited resources mean that Britain is doomed to seek a continued foreign policy partnership with the Member States of the Union – only now it will be from outside the room looking in. As a result, there is the distinct possibility that both British and European foreign policies will end up worse off as the result of their divorce.
Polity
2019
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Andrea Pritoni

United in fear: Interest group coalition formation as a weapon of the weak?

in European Union Politics, Vol 20, no. 2

Although many interest groups work together perpetually, most academic studies agree that coalition formation does not lead to more influence. In this article, we try to explain these puzzling findings. While former research generally tends to frame the decision of forming an interest group coalition as a strength, in this paper, we argue that coalition building should be considered as a ‘weapon of the weak’. Interest groups fearing that they are insufficiently influential, and whose very existence as an organisation is at risk, are more likely to coalesce. This theoretical framework is tested on a sample of around 3000 interest groups in six European countries – Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – and the European Union. Empirical findings clearly demonstrate that perceived fears – oriented towards both organisational survival and policy influence – have an effect on how likely it is that an interest group will decide to build a coalition.
SAGE Publications
2019
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Monographs
Alberto Majocchi

Africa and Europe: a Shared Future

The contributions collected in this volume are linked by a common thread: the development of Africa is a problem that must be faced and solved by the peoples of the continent, with the aim of consolidating democracy and guaranteeing a future of growth and progressive improvement in the quality of life. However, Europe has a role and a responsibility in this process: after having imposed on Africa the model of the bureaucratic and centralized national state, Europe today can represent a model of integration, on the economic field and, in perspective, on the political terrain. Beyond this, Europe must offer a partnership with the African Union to start a Green New Deal for Europe and Africa together, with the allocation of financial resources, but also technology transfers and infrastructure creation. But in this partnership for growth the initiative must be entrusted to African countries, as was the case for Europe in the case of the Marshall Plan. Europe must impose as a sole condition that their plan be drawn up in common and placed in the perspective of strengthening the process of economic and political integration already started on the Continent.
Peter Lang
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Giovanni Finizio

The Interplay between the Regional and Sub-regional Dimensions of African Regionalism: A Historical Perspective

A. Majocchi, (ed.) Europe and Africa: A Shared Future, Peter Lang, Brussels, p. 29-51.

The contributions collected in this volume are linked by a common thread: the development of Africa is a problem that must be faced and solved by the peoples of the continent, with the aim of consolidating democracy and guaranteeing a future of growth and progressive improvement in the quality of life. However, Europe has a role and a responsibility in this process: after having imposed on Africa the model of the bureaucratic and centralized national state, Europe today can represent a model of integration, on the economic field and, in perspective, on the political terrain.
Peter Lang
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Luigi Burroni - Alberto Gherardini - Gemma Scalise

Policy Failure in the Triangle of Growth: Labour Market, Human Capital, and Innovation in Spain and Italy

in South European Society&Politics, vol. 24, no.1, p. 29-52

This article focuses on the Italian and Spanish models of growth and analyses labour market, human capital and innovation policy reforms since the mid 1990s. The comparison with France and Germany shows the constraints that have hindered the rise of institutional complementarities and the competitiveness of the two Mediterranean countries already before the introd uction of the euro and the outbreak of the 2008 crisis. The analysis highlights both similarities and structural differences between Italy and Spain and demonstrates the long-term institutional conditions that explain why the economic breakdown has had such a deep impact on the two countries.
Routledge
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Paolo Bargiacchi

Are European Security Policies Learning Some Lessons from United States on Migration and Human Rights?

in Marko Novakovic (ed.) Common Law and Civil Law Today - Convergence and Divergence

Authors from 13 countries come together in this edited volume, Common Law and Civil Law Today: Convergence and Divergence, to present different aspects of the relationship and intersections between common and civil law. Approaching the relationship between common and civil law from different perspectives and from different fields of law, this book offers an intriguing insight into the similarities, differences and connections between these two major legal traditions.
Vernon Press
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Francesco Costamagna

At the Roots of Regulatory Competition in the EU: Cross-border Movement of Companies as a Way to Exercise a Genuine Economic Activity or just Law Shopping?

in European Papers, vol. 4, no.1, p. 185-205

The Article critically engages with the case law of the Court of Justice on the application of Treaty provisions on freedom of establishment to cross-border transfers of companies. In particular, it demonstrates that the Court has come to consider the possibility for companies to use freedom of establishment as a tool to choose the law applicable to them as an objective of the relevant Treaty provisions, rather than as an abuse.
European Papers
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Michela Ceccorulli

Back to Schengen: the Collective Securitisation of the EU Free-Border Area

in West European Politics, vol. 42, p. 302 - 322

This article considers how a major influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East during 2015 led to an EU-initiated collective securitisation of the Schengen space.
Routledge
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Anna Caffarena - Giuseppe Gabusi

China's Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: Space-Shaping as Ordering

in S. Giusti and I. Mirkina (eds.) The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East

This book examines political, social, and economic interactions in highly interconnected areas, stretching from Europe to Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia, labelled as Trans-Europe. The first part of the book focuses on the interests of several leading actors in Trans-Europe. The second part deals with the actions of national actors trying to compete with the EU influence in their shared neighbourhood. The third part studies cross-border issues, such as economic dynamics, migration flows and energy markets in the Trans-European space.
Palgrave macmillan
2019
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Monographs
Richard Youngs

Civic Activism Unleashed: New Hope or False Dawn for Democracy?

One of the signal events in global politics in the last decade has been the transformation of political and civic activism. Not only is the new activism qualitatively different in character from what it was in 2000; its intensity and frequency have dramatically increased.
Carnegie Europe
2019
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Sarah L Beringer - Sylvia Maier - Markus Thiel

EU Development Policies - Between Norms and Geopolitics

The European Union (EU), while collectively constituting the world’s largest development provider, has come under internal and external pressures over the past decade. This book argues that the EU’s development policies are situated between the bloc’s normative ideals and the global geopolitical realities in which it is embedded. In order to investigate these tensions, it asks how far the 'normative power' Europe concept exists in EU development policies, and how far it is recognizable in the EU’s focus on human rights, the rule of law, and sustainability. In light of the tension in EU development policies between those ideals and the necessity to project neoliberal and geopolitical interests, how do receiving countries perceive the EU’s development efforts? This volume, complete with contributions from academics from a wide range of disciplines based all around the globe, provides answers to these essential questions.
Palgrave Macmillan
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Michelangelo Conoscenti

Europe at the Centre of Military Inform and Influence Activities: Implications for the European Public Debate.

in Problemi dell'informazione, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 117-144

This paper stems from three fundamental tenets: the first is to challenge the idea that the efforts made by the EU to reduce the democratic deficit by investing in communication strategies have been effective. The second is that populism feeds its political action and develops its narratives exploiting the adversaries’ weaknesses, turning them into its strongholds. The third is that recent political debates in the European countries have transformed the European Public Space into a militarised one. The paper will discuss how Europe could try to adopt a thorough strategic communication policy that considers the attempt to transform the European informative environment into one that is currently the target of military Inform and Influence actions by adversary entities.
Il Mulino
2019
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Monographs
Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit

"Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice" offers a unique take both on Brexit and on the power of mythical stories to frame our democratic conversation. Kalypso Nicolaidis conjures up three archetypes to explore the competing visions that have clashed so dramatically over the meaning of Brexit, whether as the ultimate demonstration of British exceptionalism, a harbinger of terrible truths or sacrifice on the altar of EU unity.
Unbound
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Michela Ceccorulli - Serena Giusti

From Soviet Satellite to Regional Power: Poland after 1989

in Federiga Bindi (ed.), Europe and America. The End of the Transatlantic Relationship?

Foreign policy is like physics: vacuums quickly fill. As the United States retreats from the international order it helped put in place and maintain since the end of World War II, Russia is rapidly filling the vacuum. Federiga Bindi’s new book assesses the consequences of this retreat for transatlantic relations and Europe, showing how the current path of US foreign policy is leading to isolation and a sharp decrease of US influence in international relations.
Brookings Institution
2019
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Monographs
Daniela R. Piccio

Party Responses to Social Movements: Challenges and Opportunities

Across the West, the explosion of social movement activity since the late 1960s has constituted a “participatory revolution” that has posed profound challenges for formal political parties. Through an analysis of new interviews, institutional documents, and a host of other largely unexploited sources, Daniela R. Piccio provides a rich and empirically grounded exploration of the wide-ranging responses to these movements. Focusing on Italy and the Netherlands since the 1970s, Party Responses to Social Movements demonstrates how political parties have incorporated the demands of movements to a surprising extent, even as both have grappled with fundamental and inevitable tensions between their respective roles and aims.
Berghan Books
2019
More details
Articles and Book Chapters
Roberta Ricucci

Peur et identité dans les discours europeéns, «De Europa» (special issue)

in Problemi dell'informazione, vol.44, no.1, p. 233-234

perché ci si percepisce come parte di una comunità? quali sono i motivi alla base di un'azione comune, una posizione politica o ancor più del riconoscimento reciproco di una caratteristica identitaria? Nella storia delle società umane da sempre una particolare rilevanza è stata riscoperta dalla condivisione di emozioni, letteralmente un "sentire comune". Solo in tempi relativamente recenti, tuttavia, questo elemento è stato reso oggetto di studio in modo approfodntio in campi disciplinari diversi e interrelati tra loro, da quello linguistico a quello sociologico a quello più specificatamente politologico.
Il mulino
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Stefano Montaldo

Swords Shielding Security? The Use of Databases in Criminal Cooperation within the European Union: Challenges and Prospects

in Elena Carpanelli and Nicole Lazzerini (eds.) Use and Misuse of Technology: Contemporary Challenges under International and European Law

The Chapter analyses the changing scenario of information technology cooperation for law enforcement purposes in the EU. It proposes a taxonomy of existing information cooperation tools, based on two criteria: the cooperation techniques and the institutional settings governing information exchange. On this basis, the analysis briefly addresses the increasing involvement of private (economic) actors in contributing to cooperation in criminal matters and the quest for a higher degree of interoperability among various information systems. While highlighting the risks connected to prioritizing security concerns, the Chapter also underscores the integrative potential of information cooperation in a common European space without internal borders.
Springer
2019
More details
Articles and Book Chapters
Sonia Lucarelli

The EU as a Securitising Agent? Testing the Model, Advancing the Literature

in West European Politics vol.42, no.2, p. 413-436

EU actorness even in turbulent times has been re-affirmed by a largely overlooked phenomenon – namely, the emergence of the EU as an agent of collective securitisation. The fundamental claim of securitisation theory is that threat emergence and management are shaped by the actions of a securitising agent that explicitly links together the social construction of the threat with socially acceptable governance or policy measures. This concluding piece of the Special Issue proceeds from the twin assumptions that securitisation is possible within the EU space and that securitisation affects the nature and modalities of EU security governance across different policy domains.
Routledge
2019
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Monographs
Christopher Hill

The Future of British Foreign PolicySecurity and Diplomacy in a World after Brexit

Since 1945, Britain has had to cope with a slow descent from international primacy. The decline in global influence was intended to be offset by the United Kingdom’s entry into Europe in 1975, with the result that national foreign policy came to rest on the two pillars of the Atlantic alliance and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. Yet, with Brexit, one of these pillars is now being removed, leaving Britain facing some serious challenges arising from the prospect of independence.In this incisive book, Christopher Hill explores what lies ahead for British foreign policy in the shadows of Brexit and a more distant and protectionist America under Donald Trump. While there is much talk of a renewed global profile for the UK, Hill cautions that this is going to be difficult to turn into practical reality. Geography, history and limited resources mean that Britain is doomed to seek a continued foreign policy partnership with the Member States of the Union – only now it will be from outside the room looking in. As a result, there is the distinct possibility that both British and European foreign policies will end up worse off as the result of their divorce.
Polity
2019
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Articles and Book Chapters
Andrea Pritoni

United in fear: Interest group coalition formation as a weapon of the weak?

in European Union Politics, Vol 20, no. 2

Although many interest groups work together perpetually, most academic studies agree that coalition formation does not lead to more influence. In this article, we try to explain these puzzling findings. While former research generally tends to frame the decision of forming an interest group coalition as a strength, in this paper, we argue that coalition building should be considered as a ‘weapon of the weak’. Interest groups fearing that they are insufficiently influential, and whose very existence as an organisation is at risk, are more likely to coalesce. This theoretical framework is tested on a sample of around 3000 interest groups in six European countries – Belgium, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – and the European Union. Empirical findings clearly demonstrate that perceived fears – oriented towards both organisational survival and policy influence – have an effect on how likely it is that an interest group will decide to build a coalition.
SAGE Publications