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Title: Europol : is the centralised model of information exchange the most appropriate for Europol?
Author: Santiago, Michael
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 1998
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This research examines the European criminal intelligence agency known as Europol, both within the context of its genesis and development to date, and against the background of police cooperation in Europe generally. In doing this, the research asks the question, is the centralised mode of information exchange upon which Europol is grounded, the most appropriate? This model, termed the centralised state model, postulates a system in which a single national or supranational body controls the exchange of information/intelligence. The application of this model to Europol indicates that a strategic intelligence approach that maintains national sovereignty and autonomy has been given preference. This thesis examines the application of this model to the information/intelligence exchange process between Europol and selected member states since its inception. The data gathered will be analysed to show whether or not, in the light of the organisation's experiences and evolution over it's first four years, the centralised model is the most appropriate, or whether either another model should have been adopted, or another one has evolved over a period of time. The relevance of this answer is that it will have significant implications for the concept of state sovereignty in Europe. A Europol based on the centralised model does not threaten the nation state's traditional monopoly on the powers of coercion. A Europol however that has evolved into another model which includes increasing tactical and operational involvement, could indicate the transfer of some policing competence from the national to the European level. Such a development will have an enormous impact upon the concept of the nation state in Europe.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sociology