European Internal Security

Towards supranational governance in the area of freedom, security and justice

By Christian Kaunert

European Internal Security

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7941-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: January 2011
  • BIC Category: Politics & government, Political structure & processes, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, EU (European Union), Society & social sciences / Political structure & processes, Politics
  • Series: Europe in Change


European institutions are either loathed or underestimated. This book analyses the role of EU institutions in the area of European internal security. From Justice and Home Affairs, this area has become more like a European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. In this process, the European Commission has demonstrably played the role of an `engine of integration' in areas such a counter-terrorism, policing, asylum, migration and border management. This book uses the framework of supranational policy entrepeuners (SPE), those who stand at the policy window in order to propose, lobby for and sell `their' policy proposal, and synthesises it with insights from the literature on norm entrepreneurship.

This book will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners interested in European internal security, European integration, terrorism, security studies and international relations.


In this groundbreaking piece of scholarship, Kaunert accomplishes precisely what he sets out to do by providing a comprehensive account of EU initiatives in its Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice, exploring these developments from a valuable theoretical perspective, and providing lessons for practitioners. Written by one of the true experts in the field and informed by over one hundred interviews with policy-makers, this book fills a void in the literature on European internal security and contributes much to our theoretical understanding of European integration. There is no other book like it.'


Contents list:
1. Supranational Policy Entrepreneurship and EU institutions
2. A historical genealogy of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
3. EU Counter-terrorism cooperation and the role of EU institutions
4. The external dimension of counter-terrorism cooperation (with Dr. Sarah Leonard)
5. The Common European Asylum System and Border Management: EU policy
6. The External dimension of EU Asylum Policy and Border Management (with Dr. Sarah Leonard)
7. The Lisbon Treaty and the Institutionalisation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Conclusion: Towards Supranational Governance in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice?


Christian Kaunert is a lecturer in European Politics and Terrorism at the University of Salford

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