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The EU and critical crisis transformation: the evolution of a policy concept

Pogodda, S. and Mac Ginty, R. and Richmond, O. (2021) 'The EU and critical crisis transformation: the evolution of a policy concept.', Conflict, security and development., 21 (1). pp. 85-106.


While often caused by conflict, crises are treated by the EU as a phenomenon of their own. Contemporary EU crisis management represents a watering down of normative EU approaches to peacebuilding, reduced to a technical exercise with the limited ambition to contain spillover effects of crises. In theoretical terms this is a reversal, which tilts intervention towards EU security interests and avoids engagement with the root causes of the crises. This paper develops a novel crisis response typology derived from conflict theory, which ranges from crisis management to crisis resolution and (critical) crisis transformation. By drawing on EU interventions in Libya, Mali and Ukraine, the paper demonstrates that basic crisis management approaches are pre-eminent in practice. More promising innovations remain largely confined to the realms of discourse and policy documentation.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 11 July 2022.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Conflict, Security and Development on 11 January 2021, available online:
Date accepted:20 November 2020
Date deposited:24 November 2020
Date of first online publication:11 January 2021
Date first made open access:11 July 2022

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