UK’s withdrawal from Justice and Home Affairs: a historical institutionalist analysis of policy trajectories

Wolff, Sarah, Piquet, Agathe and Farrand Carrapico, Helena (2021) UK’s withdrawal from Justice and Home Affairs: a historical institutionalist analysis of policy trajectories. Comparative European Politics. ISSN 1472-4790 (In Press)

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Contrary to the idea that “Brexit means Brexit”, the article demonstrates that, in spite of leaving the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, the United Kingdom (UK) is not automatically seeking to distance itself from the EU’s activities and approaches to these policy fields. Using the concepts of disengagement, continued engagement and re-engagement and drawing from historical institutionalism, the article further clarifies that present and future trajectories of UK positions in respect with the EU action are conditioned by a path dependence created by the evolution of UK opt-ins and opt-outs in this field, by the politicization of the Brexit negotiations in the context of the UK-EU relations, and by domestic UK politics. We explore this argument across three policy areas: 1) police and judicial cooperation, 2) immigration, borders and asylum and 3) cybersecurity.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency 611601-EPP-1-2019-1-UK-EPPJMO-CoE. More specifically this paper is a result of the NEXTEUK Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence project on the Future of EU-UK relations and was presented at the first NEXTEUK international conference September 2021. Disclaimer: {\textquoteleft}The European Commission{\textquoteright}s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsements of the contents which only reflect the views of the authors and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein{\textquoteright}. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support of the Northumbria University Jean Monnet Chair on UK-EU internal security relationship post Brexit, funded by the Jean Monnet Programme, European Commission. We also thank our discussants during workshops and conferences, in particular Nicholas Wright and Raphael Bossong.
Subjects: L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 12:15
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 12:15

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