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Essays on economic security and the European Union: theory, origins, development and performance

Kokstaite, Monika (2017) Essays on economic security and the European Union: theory, origins, development and performance. Advisor: Morlino, Prof. Leonardo. Coadvisor: Bruni, Dr. Domenico . pp. 241. [IMT PhD Thesis]

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Abstract

This thesis encompasses three different aspects of economic security – theory, history and practice and their inter-connection. Economic security has been a contested concept, but its importance and usage has been increasing. 2008 Economic crisis and following ramifications invoked a new wave of concerns about economic part of national security. This thesis investigates economic security mechanism, revises conceptualization and operationalization for the framework of analysis. In order to understand exact economic security modus operandi institutions are the main target of investigation. As economic security concept is applied from individual to states, this thesis goes step further and explores its application to the regional economic integration framework. Historical analysis, following the created conceptual framework of economic security, portrays the environment, patterns and rationale behind creation of European Union (former European Economic Community) and how economic security has been envisaged as one of the main priorities and the purpose of the created and developed integration framework. Institutions have been playing the main role in the creation and development of European Union. Extensive political economy literature provides multifaceted insights into the importance of institutions, and how institutions and institutional frameworks affect the implementation of political and economic systems. Economic liberalism and democracies have been for long the main standard operating system. Created regional integration institutional framework – from free trade area to economic union in Europe – currently the European Union is one of the most institutionalized frameworks and as such is the best unit for the analysis. The development of the European Union was based on the inception of both political and economic institutions on top of existing its member states’ systems. This thesis also shows how institutions and the development can change the states’ performance in globalized world. The units – countries’ operation in economic globalization seemed to be predefined by the hardware – physical capacity like land, population and others, which, was perceived, do not change significantly over time and simultaneously obstruct the countries’ performance. The study reveals that operation of the hardware strongly depends on the software – systems and institutions. As vulnerabilities stem from physical base, achieved resilience – either as capacity to counteract or absorb exogenous shock – is the result of institutions and policies in place. The investigation of the effects of European Union on its member states' economic security comes at the time, when the whole Union is in question, showing that states' performance is very much related to created institutions.

Item Type: IMT PhD Thesis
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
PhD Course: Institutions, Politics and Policies
Identification Number: 10.6092/imtlucca/e-theses/239
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 10:55
URI: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/239

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