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Coming to Terms with the European Refugee Crisis

Author(s): Hanspeter Kriesi, Argyrios Altiparmakis, Ioana-Elena Oană

ISBN: 9781009456524
Publication Date: 8/2/2024
Pages: 428
Format: Paperback
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The refugee crisis which hit the European Union and its member states during 2015–16 was just one in a series of recent crises, but perhaps the most critical for the EU's resilience. This book shows how policymakers in the EU polity have tried to come to terms with it. To explain how they reacted to the crisis domestically and jointly at the EU-level, the study relies on an original method to analyze political processes. It argues that the policy-specific institutional context and the specific crisis situation, defined in terms of asymmetrical problem and political pressure, largely shaped the crisis response. The authors suggest that the way in which the refugee crisis was managed has resulted in conflicts between member states, which have been further exacerbated in subsequent crises and will continue to haunt the EU in times to come. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

  • Combines European integration studies (the study of the crisis at the EU level) and comparative politics (the study of the crisis in the member states)
  • Introduces a new theoretical framework that builds on the polity approach of the SOLID ERC Synergy project, of which this study is a part
  • Features an original empirical method for studying policy-making processes: political process analysis (PPA). This approach is used to study episodes at the EU level and in eight member states: Greece, Italy, Hungary, Austria, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK
  • Examines the German Chancellor's critical decision to suspend the Dublin convention and admit asylum seekers to Germany as well as why she and her fellow heads of government, together with the EU agencies, proved unable to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)