WiSi Online Special: The threat of terrorism wirhin the European Union and its counter-terrorism policy

Since the member states of the European Union are differently affected by terrorist attacks, the question arises whether the voting behavior of the respective Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) vary, in regard of their countries of origin. Do MEPs rather vote alongside country line or alongside party lines when it comes to counter terror resolutions? With her award-winning work, Theresa Fuchs provides answers.

This WiSi Online edition sheds light onto the research gap by quantitatively analyzing 14 counter terrorism resolutions over 15 years and by applying two competing theories, namely the liberal Intergovernmentalism and the securitization theory. The astonishing result is relatively clear: the voting behavior of the MEPs concerning counter-terrorism legislation is predominantly influenced by their EPG affiliation, and not by their national interests.