College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

Graduation Date

6-2011

Document Type

Thesis

College/Department Conferring Degree

International Studies

Keywords

common European immigration policy, intergovernmentalism, supranationalism, spanish immigration law, European union

Abstract

I EXAMINE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A "COMMON" EUROPEAN IMMIGRATION POLICY (SINCE THE 1980S) WITHIN THE LINES OF TWO MAJOR EUROPEAN INTEGRATION THEORIES: INTERGOVERNMENTALISM AND SUPRANATIONALISM. APPLICATION OF ANDREW MORAVCSIK'S LIBERAL INTERGOVERNMENTALIST APPROACH TO THE CASE STUDY OF THE SPANISH IMMIGRATION LAW EVOLUTION (SINCE 1980S) REVEALS THAT SPAIN, AS A NATION STATE, CONTINUES TO EXERT DOMESTIC PREFERENCES ON THE EU LEVEL, WITH RESPECT TO THE "COMMON" POLICY REGIME. THEREFORE, DESPITE THE GRADUAL POLICY-MAKING AND DECISION-MAKING EMPOWERNMENT OF THE EU INSTITUTIONS, I CONCLUDE THAT INTERGOVERNMENTALISM PREVAILS IN THE IMMIGRATION POLICY RHETORIC.

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