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Jean Monnet seminar: The unintended consequences of EU engagement abroad

  • Natasja Reslow
  • Olga Burlyuk
Thursday 22 November 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

This seminar departs from the gap in IR and EU scholarship on unintended consequences and makes the case for the importance of studying the phenomenon in an international context. It provides a conceptualisation of unintended consequences and addresses a set of questions highlighting the nature (what), the causes (why) and the modes of management (how) of unintended consequences of EU external action.

The talk will engage with conceptual and empirical dimensions of the topic, as well as scholarly and policy implications thereof. Unintended consequences arise when the EU cooperates with non-EU countries on migration. These unintended consequences arise from the multi-actor and multi-level nature of this policy area: different actors have different and sometimes contradictory interests, and the different components of EU external action have distinctive and sometimes competing objectives. Establishing EU ‘intent’ is a particular challenge for studying the unintended consequences.

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