McSweeney, Bill. (1991) "The Evolution of Security Cooperation in the European Community, 1981-1991". In: UNSPECIFIED, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)
[Summary]. The intention in the first part of this study is to construct an initial framework for the analysis of security in the EC and to formulate some tentative hypotheses about the underlying pressures for security cooperation which have characterized the Community’s development as an international actor. Following an introductory chapter on terms of reference and positions taken with regard to a defence identity, a chronological account of the main issues relevant to security cooperation provides the basis for analysis. This analysis takes the form of a discussion of the sociological dimensions of security in the nation state, from which a comparison is then drawn with the main themes in the Community’s history. Similar patterns of influence, or pressure, emerge, suggesting some structural similarities between the EC and the nation or federal state, which give rise tu them. But there are significant differences, pointing to the way in which the Community has evolved as a distinctive international actor and to the new context in which its need for security is being articulated.
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