An analysis of UK and EU external migration control governance and mechanisms: securitization, manipulation and cooperation

Manktelow, A.B., 2019. An analysis of UK and EU external migration control governance and mechanisms: securitization, manipulation and cooperation. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This research analyses the relationship between the UK and the EU in context to external migration control. It has used a combination of Constructivism and Bourdieu to deconstruct the field of analysis and understand how an actor’s behaviour can affect the structure of the external migration control field. Bourdieu was chosen to inform the theoretical framework as his field theory allowed a number of actors to be explored. It also recognises the importance of historical relationships impacting upon current interactions. Bourdieu explain these interactions as habitual or doxical. Habitual behaviours are learnt behaviours that adhere to the norms of the field. Doxical behaviours act against the norms and are used by actors, like the UK, to gain a higher status within the field and increase key capital. The three behaviours that have been explored are; securitization, manipulation and cooperation. In order to identify these behaviours policy documentation from key actors, like Frontex, have been qualitatively coded. The analysis uses three key moments in the history of the UK and the EU to guide the exploration of the data, these are; the Maastricht Treaty (1992), the Amsterdam Treaty (1997) and the UK Immigration Act 2014. The documentation chosen for analysis ranged from unilateral, bilateral and multilateral political agreements. Other documentation includes reports from associated actors that are part of the external migration control field. The documentation reveals the extent to which habitual behaviours dominate the relationship between the actors.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Manktelow, A.B.
Date: August 2019
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 May 2020 14:32
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 14:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39789

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