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Understanding European asylum cooperation under the Schengen/Dublin system: a public goods framework

Thielemann, Eiko R. and Armstrong, Carolyn (2013) Understanding European asylum cooperation under the Schengen/Dublin system: a public goods framework. European Security, 22 (2). pp. 148-164. ISSN 0966-2839

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09662839.2012.699892


Recent developments in European Union (EU) asylum cooperation raise important questions about the nature of cooperation and the potential problems facing collective action in the realm of EU internal security. The emergence and the subsequent stability of the Schengen/Dublin system is especially puzzling, given the highly inequitable distribution of costs and benefits that this system entails among the participating states and begs the question as to why those states that are likely to face a disproportionate ‘burden’ under the system would have agreed to it. This article seeks to provide an alternative approach to answering this question by drawing on a public goods framework. We argue that a simple focus on free-riding and exploitation dynamics, as emphasized in the traditional collective action literature, falls short as an explanation and instead demonstrates how more recent theoretical contributions to the public goods literature can offer new insights into the origin and evolution in cooperation in this sensitive policy area.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JX International law
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:34

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