16 Eur. J. Migration & L. 1 (2014)

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BRILL
NIJHOFF                                                          brilicom/emil
Editorial
The Negotiation and Contestation of EUMigration Policy Instruments:
A Research Framework
Florian Trauner*
Institute for European Integration Research, University of Vienna, Strohgasse
45/DG, 1030 Vienna, Austria
*Corresponding author, e-mail: florian.trauner@univie.ac.at
Sarah Wolf
School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of
London, Mile End Road, London Ei 4NS, UK
Abstract
This article develops a research framework for the analysis of the politics of migra-
tion policy instruments. Policy instruments are seen as living instruments; they evolve
and develop similar to moving targets. A scholar interested in this field of research
may focus either on the establishment of a given instrument or on its use. The ques-
tion of an instrument's design relates to the policy transfer literature focusing on how
certain policies move from one setting to another. In the context of a policy transfer,
actors from the other - 'receiving' - institutional setting negotiate and, potentially,
contest or reinterpret a policy instrument. The evolution of policy instruments once
adopted in a specific institutional context is a second area of interest. The original
goals can be diluted throughout the implementation process notably due to tensions
between intergovernmental and supranational actors, or sticky institutionalization,
which is characterized by path- dependencies. Often the choice of new instruments
derives from an inefficiency or loss of credibility of past instruments. This editorial
therefore seeks to make a twofold contribution: first it investigates the added-value of
a policy instrument approach to the study of migration; second it furthers research on
the external dimension of EU migration policy.
Keywords
EU external migration policy - migration governance - policy instrument - non-EU
countries

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2014    DOI 10.1163,15718166-00002046

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