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Uncovering the Diverging Institutional Logics of EU Civil Protection
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.
2009 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, E-ISSN 1460-3691, Vol. 44, no 3, 288-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of European Union (EU) civil protection cooperation highlights important issues in the debate on the internal-external security nexus. It points to the increased transnationalization of threats usually assigned to the field of 'internal' security, but it also presents researchers with a puzzle: despite the relatively rapid development of civil protection cooperation, there is still substantial disagreement among the EU member states as to how it should continue to develop. Applying an analytical framework based on neo-institutional organization theory and the study of organizational 'fields', this article explores two questions: What is the institutional basis for member states' diverging positions on the future direction of EU civil protection? and How may these positions affect the current development of EU civil protection? Our analysis draws upon empirical evidence from civil protection practice in Spain, Sweden and the EU, including official documents in the form of bills and laws, policy papers and elite interviews. We find that the basis for member states' diverging positions on the future of EU civil protection is rooted in conflicting national institutional logics of civil protection. No logic has become dominant at the EU level, suggesting that as long as multiple institutional logics continue to coexist, disagreement on the future development of European level civil protection cooperation will persist.

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2009. Vol. 44, no 3, 288-308 p.
Keyword [en]
EU civil protection, institutional logics, Spain, Sweden
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3880DOI: 10.1177/0010836709106217ISI: 000269205800003OAI: diva2:628595
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-08-12Bibliographically approved

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