Selecting a New Culture of Border Control: Brussels

in Cultures of Border Control

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226977867
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226977881 | DOI:
Selecting a New Culture of Border Control: Brussels

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This chapter covers the (failed) selection of the Brussels culture of border control. Maastricht significantly reshaped the structure of the border control policy community. The high hopes that Maastricht had created had clearly not been fulfilled, leaving the fate of the Brussels culture of border control in limbo. In the years that followed the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, the importance of the external dimension of border control in shaping the Brussels culture's trajectory grew significantly. The Brussels border control policy community included all European Union (EU) members since the very launch of the initiative. In the 1990s, the EU border control policy community clearly drifted away from the liberal tenets that defined the Brussels culture of border control when it was launched a decade earlier. Instead, it moved closer to Schengen.

Keywords: border control; Brussels; Maastricht; border control policy; Maastricht Treaty; Schengen; European Union

Chapter.  10905 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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