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The European Union as Crisis Manager
Patterns and Prospects

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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107680289

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  • 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.

    • Provides a detailed overview of a new area of European integration, outlining what the European Union can do, and actually does, in the international crisis arena
    • Addresses the increasingly crucial topic of transboundary crisis management, examining why transboundary crises require international cooperation and what role the EU can and should play
    • Brings different policy areas together, providing an overview which will help readers understand how the various EU activities and capacities hang together
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    "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

    "Boin, Ekengren and Rhinard have provided a penetrating, comprehensive and seminal analysis of a hitherto neglected subject area. It is a must-read for all those interested in the burgeoning field of European civil protection and will set the tone of the research agenda on this subject for many years to come." - Emil J. Kirchner, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Essex

    "This book breaks new ground. Empirically, it shows the full range of European-level capabilities related to dealing with unexpected, extreme events turning into political crises. Analytically, it draws on an institutional approach to explain those evolving capabilities. It introduces the novel notion of the ‘transboundary’ crisis, the most difficult to cope with and to recover from. Scholars, policymakers and journalists will find this academically rigorous but accessible book essential for understanding an increasingly vital dimension of European integration." - Bengt Sundelius, Professor of Government, Uppsala University, and Strategic Advisor to the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

    "… this volume presents an affordable contemporary overview of the EU’s crisis management capacities, the findings of which can be further extended to studies of international relations and organizations. In addition, being rather descriptive in its analysis, this book serves as a perfect ‘background story’ for starting more detailed research for each domain of the EU’s crisis management, employing certain data as a starting point for future case studies."
    Nataliya Gudz, Journal of Contemporary European Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107680289
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Authors

    Arjen Boin, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Arjen Boin is Professor of Governance and Crisis Management in the School of Governance at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and an Adjunct Professor in the Public Administration Institute of Louisiana State University. He is also managing partner at Crisisplan.

    Magnus Ekengren, Swedish National Defence College
    Magnus Ekengren is an Associate Professor at the Swedish National Defence College, and Director of the College's Programme for European Security Research (EUROSEC).

    Mark Rhinard, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
    Mark Rhinard is Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Associate Professor at Stockholm University.

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