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, 8/8/2013
EAN 9781107035799, ISBN10: 1107035791

Hardcover, 206 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

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.

1. The EU as crisis manager
a new role for the Union
2. Assisting overwhelmed states
the evolving use of the Civil Protection Mechanism
3. The EU as global crisis manager
how emerging tools shaped ambitious policy aims
4. Managing transboundary crises
the gradual emergence of EU capacity
5. Managing future crises
challenges and prospects for the European Union.

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