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Converging under pressure?: Counterterrorism policy developments in the  European union member states
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Swedish National Defence College.
Swedish National Defence College.
2010 (English)In: Public Administration, ISSN 0033-3298, E-ISSN 1467-9299, Vol. 88, no 1, 190-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses counterterrorism policy convergence among the 27 European Union (EU) member states between 2000 and 2006. While considerable academic interest has been devoted to the common European Union policy in response to terrorism after September 11, few studies have compared counterterrorism policy-making at the member state level. This gap raises the question whether the institutional framework of European counterterrorism policy-making has stimulated convergence of national policies. Data on five policy instruments for counterterrorism show that the aggregated implementation rate increased by almost 55 per cent in this period, which indicates a trend towards policy divergence within the EU as a whole. However, the findings also reveal significant variation in the level and pace of policy instrument implementation. One potentially important variable explaining national policy developments is the degree of political pressure from the EU on member states, while EU membership accession and national counterterrorism policy legacies were less important factors.

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Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 88, no 1, 190-201 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224812DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01795.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224812DiVA: diva2:718295
Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2014-05-20Bibliographically approved

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