EU security governance

By Emil Kirchner and James Sperling

EU security governance


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7468-4
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: November 2007
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Security (National & International), POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Defence Strategy, Planning & Research, Society & social sciences / EU & European institutions, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, International relations


EU security governance assesses the effectiveness of the EU as a security actor. The book has two distinct features. Firstly, it is the first systematic study of the different economic, political and military instruments employed by the EU in the performance of four different security functions. The book demonstrates that the EU has emerged as an important security actor, not only in the non-traditional areas of security, but increasingly as an entity with force projection capabilities. Secondly, the book represents an important step towards redressing conceptual gaps in the study of security governance, particularly as it pertains to the European Union. The book links the challenges of governing Europe's security to the changing nature of the state, the evolutionary expansion of the security agenda, and the growing obsolescence of the traditional forms and concepts of security cooperation.


List of figures, tables and appendices
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction: the EU and the governance of European security
2. Policies of prevention: pre-empting disorder along the periphery
3. Policies of assurance: peace-building in south eastern Europe
4. Policies of protection: meeting the challenge of internal security
5. Policies of compellance: projecting force into an uncertain world
6. Conclusion: securing Europe in the 21st century


Emil Kirchner is Professor of European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Essex. James Sperling is Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron

EU security governance

By Emil Kirchner, James Sperling

Hardcover £80.00 / $120.00

Paperback £16.99 / $24.95

Or buy from your preferred bookseller:

Amazon Waterstones Blackwells

Click here for North and South America

Newsletter Sign Up

Manchester University Press

Your cart is empty.

Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

(Based on standard shipping costs)

Final cost calculated on checkout
Promotional codes can be added on Checkout