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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: March 2024
  • Print publication year: 2024
  • Online ISBN: 9781009456555

Book description

The refugee crisis which hit the European Union and its member states during 2015–16 was just one in a series of recent crises, but perhaps the most critical for the EU's resilience. This book shows how policymakers in the EU polity have tried to come to terms with it. To explain how they reacted to the crisis domestically and jointly at the EU-level, the study relies on an original method to analyze political processes. It argues that the policy-specific institutional context and the specific crisis situation, defined in terms of asymmetrical problem and political pressure, largely shaped the crisis response. The authors suggest that the way in which the refugee crisis was managed has resulted in conflicts between member states, which have been further exacerbated in subsequent crises and will continue to haunt the EU in times to come. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


‘Easily the most comprehensive empirical study of the politics of the European refugee crisis. This book’s ‘political process analysis’ is exemplary in linking the domestic and EU levels of policymaking and offers a superb template for studying crisis politics. Essential reading to understand one of the EU’s deepest and most intractable crises!’

Frank Schimmelfennig - Professor of European Politics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

‘An insightful and holistic account of the 2015–16 refugee crisis. The inspiring use of mixed quantitative and qualitative methods offers a unique narrative of key policymaking episodes and their long-term effects for European integration.’

Ariadna Ripoll Servent - Professor for Politics of the European Union, University of Salzburg, Austria

‘Using an innovative method, Kriesi et al. provide one of the most comprehensive and insightful studies of the 2015–16 refugee crisis. A must-read for those interested in EU crisis politics and migration politics alike.’

Natascha Zaun - Professor in Public Policy and Law, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany


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