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European visa cooperation: interest politics and regional imagined communities

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The London School of Economics and Political Science
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  • Jn Political Institutions (Europe)
  • Jz International Relations
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  • Political Science

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LEQSPaper34 A New Concept of European Federalism LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series European visa cooperation: interest politics and regional imagined communities Mogens Hobolth LEQS Paper No. 34/2011 May 2011 All views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the LSE. © Mogens Hobolth Editorial Board Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font Dr. Mareike Kleine Dr. Jonathan White Ms. Katjana Gattermann Mogens Hobolth European visa cooperation: interest politics and regional imagined communities Mogens Hobolth* Abstract Since the early 1990s the European Union has struggled to increase integration in the sovereignty sensitive areas of justice and home affairs and foreign policy. The aim of this paper is to enhance our understanding of what patterns of cooperation have been established between the member states, and why. I do so by analysing the case of short-stay visa policy. Visas are a corner stone of EU’s border control, regulating access to the Union’s area of freedom, security and justice. It is moreover an instrument used in foreign and diplomatic relations. As a field where the member states’ cooperation is particularly intense it is an ‘extreme case’ well-suited for drawing out empirical patterns and developing theoretical concepts. The paper is based on a network analytical approach and a new dataset of all the EU/Schengen member states’ mutual consular visa assistance agreements. This I use to document the extent and pattern of cooperation from 2005 to 2010. I show that the member states rely intensively on each other’s consul

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