The Dynamics of EU Migration Policy: From Maastricht to Lisbon*

Arne Niemann

in Constructing a Policy-Making State?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604104
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741531 | DOI:
The Dynamics of EU Migration Policy: From Maastricht to Lisbon*

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Over the last two decades EU migration policy has undergone an astonishing ascent from modest and obscure beginnings to an increasingly mature and vibrant field of EU policy-making. The purpose of this chapter is to explain this development across the past three Treaty revisions. It particularly focuses on decision rules and the institutional set-up of EU asylum and immigration policy, subjecting the results of the Intergovernmental Conference negotiations to causal analysis. Drawing on a revised neofunctionalist framework, four factors are suggested to account for processes of supranationalisation in this field: (a) functional pressures; (b) the role of supranational institutions; (c) socialisation, deliberation and learning processes; and (d) countervailing pressures.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; asylum; domestic constraints; immigration; intergovernmental Conferences; Lisbon Treaty; migration; negotiations; neofunctionalism; Nice Treaty; socialisation; supranational Institutions; treaty revision

Chapter.  10288 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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