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Ellen Ahnfelt & Johan Form

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Chapter 8: Policy on Justice and Home Affairs: From High to Low Politics

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Policy on Justice and Home Affairs: From High to Low Politics
Policy on justice and home affairs: From high to low politics
EllenAhnfelt and JohanForm
From Co-Operation to Integration

Police co-operation and Justice and Home Affairs have traditionally been regarded as ‘high’ politics, and presumably outside the scope of EU common policy. This changed with the Amsterdam Treaty in 1997. There, it was decided to integrate parts of home and justice affairs and police co-operation (and also parts of the Schengen agreement) into the First Pillar of EU co-operation. This also implies the full involvement of EU institutions in these areas as in other areas of ‘low’ politics.

This chapter, however, deals mainly with the growth of police cooperation between the members of the EU, and the integration of ...

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