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Constructing a Policy-Making State?Policy Dynamics in the EU$
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Jeremy Richardson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199604104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604104.001.0001

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

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

(p.209) 11 The Dynamics of EU Migration Policy: From Maastricht to Lisbon*
Constructing a Policy-Making State?

Arne Niemann

Oxford University Press

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

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