The constraints of civilian capabilities for European Civilian Crisis Management

Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group
Hubertus Jürgenliemk
Entertaining Room, Darwin College
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 13:10 to 14:00

Civilian crisis management is the most vibrant area of the European Common Security and Defence Policy with 18 of 24 operations containing civilian components. It is framed in a complex governance system in which the civilian personnel is contributed by member states although EU operations are mandated at European level.
This paper answers a gap in the literature in focusing on how domestic constraints and institutions affect civilian (and military) ESDP. The European Security Governance perspective (Webber et al. 2004; Norheim-Martinsen 2008) is used to argue that domestic constraints and institutions are the bottleneck for creating effective civilian capabilities and providing personnel to civilian ESDP operations.

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