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A House Divided: Evolution of EU Asylum Policy after the Bosnian War

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dc.creator Shoemaker, Melissa K. 2009-01-29 2009-05-15T19:55:06Z NO_RESTRICTION en 2009-05-15T19:55:06Z 2009-05-15T19:55:06Z
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the role of the Bosnian refugee crisis in generating support within EU Member States for a centralized, EU-level asylum policy after the 1992-95 Bosnian war. As the Bosnian war occurred on the heels of the Cold War and the signing of the Maastricht Treaty creating the European Union, this study assesses whether non-state and inter-state actors and EU institutions urging a centralized asylum policy supplanted traditional, internal sources of policy influence, such as public opinion and political partisanship. The methodology includes a review of scholarly literature, interviews with EU and nongovernmental organization (NGO) officials, press reports from all EU Member States, EU polling data, and reports from NGOs and EU institutions. The study concludes that NGOs and EU institutions lobbying for an EU-level policy as a result of the Bosnian refugee crisis carried substantial influence on EU Member State positions on such a policy, while political partisanship and public opinion did not bear out significant results.
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Bosnia en_US
dc.subject asylum en_US
dc.subject refugee en_US
dc.subject european union en_US
dc.title A House Divided: Evolution of EU Asylum Policy after the Bosnian War en
dc.type Dissertation en Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy en Doctoral en Public Policy en George Mason University en

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