Institutional and Policy Change in the European Parliament Deciding on Freedom, Security and Justice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-03-10
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In a European Union increasingly worried about the security of its citizens and its territory, how should the European Parliament make policy decisions on these issues? In the past, its open defence of civil liberties and human rights have sparked recurring conflicts with member states on the European Council. Since 2005, the European Parliament has gained the power to co-decide in most internal security matters and can also give consent to international agreements. Its full participation in decision-making led to the expectation that the emphasis on security would decrease yet these last few years have seen continuity rather than change in this policy area.

This study investigates why the formal empowerment of the European Parliament did not lead to a new balance between security and liberty. It argues that, in its new position as a full decision-maker, the European Parliament faced a crucial trade-off: in order to be accepted as a legitimate and effective partner in inter-institutional negotiations, it had to abandon its traditional positions and accept that security would remain the cornerstone of this policy area.

Author Biography

Ariadna Ripoll Servent is Junior Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. Her research interests include European institutions, decision-making, institutional and policy change as well as internal security policies. She has previously worked at the Institute for European Integration Research in Vienna, the University of Sussex and the College of Europe.

Table of Contents

1. The European Parliament: From 'talking-shop' to Co-decider
2. Patterns of Behaviour: Consultation, Co-decision, and Consent
3. Why do Positions Shift? Models of Change Under Co-decision
4. Deciding on Liberty and Security in the European Union
5. The Data Retention Directive: Success at any Price
6. The Returns Directive: Normalising Change
7. The SWIFT Agreement: Retaliation or Capitulation?
8. The Receptions Directive: Internalising Change
9. Conclusions: Conditions and Drivers for Policy Change

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