1st Edition

Europe's 21st Century Challenge Delivering Liberty

Edited By Sergio Carrera, Didier Bigo, R.B.J. Walker Copyright 2011

    This volume presents the final results of the CHALLENGE research project (The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security) - a five-year project funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of DG Research of the European Commission. The book critically appraises the liberties of citizens and others within the EU, and the different ways in which they are affected by the proliferation of discourses, practices and norms of insecurity enacted in the name of collective and individual safety. It analyses from an interdisciplinary perspective the impacts of new techniques of surveillance and control on the liberty and security of the citizen. The book studies illiberal practices of liberal regimes in the field of security, and the relationship between the internal and external effects of these practices in an increasingly interconnected world, as well as the effects in relation to the place of the EU in world politics.

    1: The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security; I: Liberty Challenges to the Constitution of Authority; 2: The Changing Dynamics of Security in an Enlarged European Union; 3: Mapping the European Field of Security Professionals; 4: Assuming Responsibility in the Changing Dynamics of Security? The European Security Strategy and the EU as a Security Actor beyond its Borders; 5: The Security Dimension of EU Policies between Legal Provisions and Living Practice: The European Council as the Key; 6: European Governance and the Interplay between Liberty and Security; 7: Transparency and Accountability: From Structuro-Procedural Transparency and Institutional Accountability to Communicating (In)Security in Digi-Space; II: Liberty Challenges to Borders; 8: The Legal Competence With Regard to External Borders: Examining Coherence; 9: Liberty, Security and Enlargement; 10: Gateways to Europe: Checkpoints on the EU External Land Border; 11: The Constitutional Price of Visa Free Travel: The Experiences of Bulgaria and Romania; 12: Effects of Exceptionalism on Social Cohesion in Europe and Beyond; 13: Exceptionalism and its Impact on the Euro-Mediterranean Area; 14: Securitization, Liberty and Law: The EU's 21st Century; III: Theoretical Perspectives on Challenges to Liberty; 15: Violence and Exceptionalism in Contemporary Politics: War, Liberty, Security; 16: The Value of Security; 17: Delivering Liberty and Security? The Reframing of Freedom when Associated with Security


    Didier Bigo, Sciences-Po, France, Sergio Carrera, Centre for European Policy Studies, Belgium, Elspeth Guild, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands and R.B.J. Walker, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium

    'This is the acme of policy-relevant, intellectually coherent scholarship. It explores the challenges facing the EU in providing effective security at, within, and even outside its borders while preserving the personal and societal liberty at the core of democracy. Largely implicit suggestions that a zero-sum relationship between security and liberty can and should be avoided underlie both the framework and the meticulously objective analyses of the several chapters.' Martin O. Heisler, University of Maryland, USA 'Delivering liberty' would seem an obvious task for democracies, but the book - and the CHALLENGE research project that originated it- explores the reasons why this remains a challenge. It interrogates the conceptual, empirical and normative relations between liberty and security and does so by fruitfully contesting the boundaries between different research disciplines and by engaging with policy makers and the public.' Angela Liberatore, Directorate General for Research, European Commission 'This book presents the result of the five-year research project CHALLENGE (The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security) which focused on the contemporary balance between liberty and security in Europe... given the monumental size of the research project, which involved 23 universities studying nine issue areas, the editors succeed in granting space to most of the findings of the project.' Political Studies Review