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EASO: A liberal intergovernmentalist approach to policy coordination on asylum within the European Union
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The policy area of freedom, security and justice represents one in which the European member states have been keen on remaining sovereign. In dealing with large inflows of asylum seekers, EASO was set up as an agency. The aim of this study was to assess what this new agency was an expression of, in terms of its role in relation to the member states. By applying the theory liberal intergovernmentalism, this created a useful tool for a comprehensive understanding of why states choose to cooperate within a more institutionalized form.  

    Methodologically, this study has looked closer at the founding documents of EASO, TFEU, the Lisbon treaty as well as literature on the theoretical framework. This paper has a descriptive ambition, in its aim to explain member states’ behaviour using an established theory.

         This paper concludes that the theory contributes to an understanding of why EASO was created, having looked at national preferences, interstate bargaining and institutional choice. It is process in which national preferences are formulated, leading to relative bargaining positions and finally results in an institutional form that takes into account the self-rule of member states, while at the same time comprises a necessary operational mandate for EASO. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
EASO, Liberal intergovernmentalism, Policy Coordination, National preferences, Interstate bargaining, Insitutional choice, EU
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48994OAI: diva2:895382
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
European Studies Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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