Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

The European Commission and the Transformation of EU Borders

Authors: Kostadinova, Valentina

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  • Comprehensively analyses the extent to which the European Commission contributes to the transformation of borders
  • Unveils the dynamics of Commission-induced ‘border (re-) configuration’ in both Europe and the European Union 
  • Draws on a vast amount of Commission documents to study four key EU policy areas
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This book examines the contribution of the European Commission to the process of transformation of EU borders. Migration issues have been at the centre of EU political debates in recent years. From national controversies sparked by the economic difficulties in the aftermath of the 2008 economic downturn to EU-wide problems caused by the record number of asylum seekers looking for a refuge in the Union. Simultaneously, the EU migration regime has undergone a profound change since the 1980s as a result of the developments in the integration process. Inevitably this has impacted borders, transforming their nature and functions. The author looks at four key EU policy areas, which in recent decades have substantially altered the EU migration regime: the European Neighbourhood Policy, social policy, border controls, and free movement of people. Based on a variety of Commission documents the analysis focuses on the different borders that have been transformed, their altered nature and functions, and the specific impact of the European Commission on to these processes.    

About the authors

Valentina Kostadinova is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Buckingham, UK. She has previously held positions at the University of Birmingham, where she also pursued her PhD. Her research findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and think-tank papers.   

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“Kostadinova’s study needs to be on the must-read list of scholars with a migration and European Union focus alike. It is an excellent consolidation of and starting point for further research on the role of international actors other than states in the transformation of borders. At the same time, it offers valuable insights into the operation and development of the European Union … the Commission itself would be well advised to carefully consider Kostadinova’s findings in going forward.” (Susi Foerschler, Border Criminologies, law.ox.ac.uk, October, 2017)


“As territorial boundaries experience a renaissance across Europe, this important study alerts us to the contradictions and ambiguities of the transformation of borders through European integration at the heart of the European Union's institutional framework, the European Commission.” (Professor Thomas Diez, University of Tübingen, Germany)

“As a consequence of the multifaceted crises the European Union is facing today, the logic of borders and boundaries defining various areas of European integration (e.g. Schengen, free movement of people, etc.) has been severely challenged. Drawing on the toolbox of discourse analysis, this timely study succinctly determines how the European Commission has influenced the unprecedented transformation of borders – both internally and externally.” (Dr. Stefan Ganzle, University of Agder, Norway)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The European Commission and Borders: Towards a Framework for Analysis

    Pages 1-50

    Kostadinova, Valentina

  • Border Controls — Transforming Territorial Borders

    Pages 51-87

    Kostadinova, Valentina

  • Free Movement of People — Functional Borders Transformation

    Pages 89-120

    Kostadinova, Valentina

  • Social Policy — Constructing European Identity

    Pages 121-152

    Kostadinova, Valentina

  • ENP— Post-Modern External Relations and the Articulation of Continental Borders

    Pages 153-187

    Kostadinova, Valentina

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The European Commission and the Transformation of EU Borders
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50490-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50490-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50489-0
Series ISSN
2662-5873
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 234
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