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The State of the European Union Vol. 7With US or Against US? European Trends in American Perspective$
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Nicolas Jabko and Craig Parsons

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199283958.001.0001

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Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy

Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy

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(p.325) 14 Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy
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The State of the European Union Vol. 7
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Virginie Guiraudon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199283958.003.0014

The transfer of competence in areas considered emblematic of national sovereignty, like immigration and citizenship, should be a litmus test of the ‘polity’ ambitions of the EU. As of the early 1980s, national officials in charge of migration sought to avoid judicial constraints and conflicting bureaucratic views that that were experiencing at the national level. They consequently moved to relocate some of their decision-making to a secretive intergovernmental forum at the EU level. This chapter develops this analysis of motives for cooperation at the EU level in terms of political ‘venue shopping’.

Keywords:   immigration, intergovernmentalism, 9/11, venue shopping, asylum-seekers, Amsterdam Treaty

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