The High Representative’s role in EU countering terrorism - Policy Entrepreneurship and thick, thin and global Europe

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    Abstract

    This article examines the role of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR) in the counter terrorism agenda and how it has been whittled according to the multiplicity and complexity of the several terrorism related crises in Europe, from Javier Solana to Federica Mogherini, following this special issue four faces taxonomy of Europe. It addresses how the different HRs explored terrorism as an existential threat and assesses their performance following Kingdon’s policy entrepreneurship framework and Mintrom’s research on policy entrepreneurship. It aspires to understand the hybrid nature and performance of the HRs as an institutional figure within the four faces of Europe framework and how the EU’s complex institutional structure stretches policy boundaries and compels the use of different decision-making mechanisms to deal with domestic, external and foreign components of counter-terrorism according to different materialisations of Europe’s Self and Others.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-21
    Number of pages21
    JournalEuropean Politics and Society
    Early online date13 Nov 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2020

    Keywords

    • EU
    • Europe
    • counter-terrorism
    • high representative
    • policy entrepreneurship

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