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Attention and Portrayal of Organized Crime in the European Union

Leticia Elias

Significant agenda studies have been developed to explain policy changes at the national and regional level in the European Union on diverse policy domains. Organized crime policy, however, has received scholarly attention on other disciplines, but hardly has been studied in political science and even less from an agenda perspective. Using such an approach and based on the Puctuated Equilibrium Model, this paper introduces an innovative research project to be developed in the coming years on the evolution and dynamics of organized crime policy in the European Union between 1980 and 2010, looking at the political agendas of the European Commission and the European Council. Furthermore, as an illustration of the research scope, this contribution includes the first analysis emanated from the project, showing some preliminary empirical results of the political attention allocated to organized crime by the European Council.

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