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The European Union as Crisis Manager: Patterns and Prospects

The European Union as Crisis Manager: Patterns and Prospects

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Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren, Mark Rhinard
Cambridge University Press, 2013-08-08
EAN 9781107680289, ISBN10: 110768028X

Hardcover, 203 pages, 22.8 x 15 x 1.2 cm

The European Union is increasingly being asked to manage crises inside and outside the Union. From terrorist attacks to financial crises, and natural disasters to international conflicts, many crises today generate pressures to collaborate across geographical and functional boundaries. What capacities does the EU have to manage such crises? Why and how have these capacities evolved? How do they work and are they effective? This book offers an holistic perspective on EU crisis management. It defines the crisis concept broadly and examines EU capacities across policy sectors, institutions and agencies. The authors describe the full range of EU crisis management capacities that can be used for internal and external crises. Using an institutionalization perspective, they explain how these different capacities evolved and have become institutionalized. This highly accessible volume illuminates a rarely examined and increasingly important area of European cooperation.

Advance praise: 'This insightful book explains the unexpected rise of the European Union as a crisis manager and the strengths and limitations of its current crisis management capabilities. The product of an unusually fruitful collaboration between scholars of crisis management, European integration and international security, the book frames an important debate about the EU's present and future role in managing crises. European leaders will ignore this book at their peril!' Chris Ansell, University of California, Berkeley