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Europol & the Creation of the European Counter Terrorism Centre
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While the limited number of scholars in the field of EU intelligence cooperation tend to have a rather state-centric view and focus on the normative (trust) or the functional (efficieny) dimension of intelligence cooperation, this study contributes to the field by focusing solely on the institutional structure of Europol.

The purpose of this study is to examine why the Europol established the European Counter Terrorism Centre and why it is not addressing the interconnectedness between terrorism and organized crime. In order to address these questions, the theoretical framework of historical institutionalism has been applied and the notion of path dependency plays a vital role. 

The study rests on a qualitative single case study design and the disciplined configurative-model is used to fulfill the research objective. The researcher traces the process in a historically chronological order and uses pre-existing materials in order to uncover explanatory findings.

The study concludes that the theoretical framework of historical institutionalism and the notion of path dependency can explain the research problem and the research questions. The findings prove that Europol is a highly reactive institution in terms of its counter-terrorism arrangements and that historical perceptions play a significant role and inevitable leads the institution onto a path dependent track. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Europol, Intelligence Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Organized Crime
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6990DiVA: diva2:1131344
Subject / course
Political Science with a focus on Security Studies (Master's programme in Politics and War)
Educational program
Master's programme in Politics and War
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Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved

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