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Richard Maher

Research Fellow, Europe in the World  

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Biographical Note

Richard Maher is a research fellow in the ‘Europe in the World’ research area of the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

He received a PhD in Political Science from Brown University, an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Previously he taught at Wheaton College and the University of Rhode Island and was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the EUI.

His main research areas include contemporary European politics, the history and theory of European integration, and international security. His research has appeared in International Affairs, Orbis, Political Science Quarterly, West European Politics, and World Politics, among other outlets.

Research Project

The Rise of European Internal Security Cooperation

 Dr Maher’s book manuscript examines internal security cooperation in the European Union. The project focuses on five policy areas in which cooperation among EU member states has become more extensive and intensive over the past two decades: policing and organized crime, counterterrorism, external border control, cyber security, and disaster response.

Drawing on theories of international cooperation, bargaining theory, and theories of European integration, this project argues that convergence of EU member states’ perception of their individual risk exposure (the probability of a negative event happening multiplied by the potential damage if it does) to internal security threats provides a demand for international cooperation in this policy area.

The shape this cooperation takes depends on interstate bargaining, where outcomes are determined by asymmetries of state power and preferences. Member states create international institutions (such as Europol, Eurojust, and Frontex) to facilitate coordination and bolster compliance with agreements.

This project fills a major gap in the theoretical and empirical literature on internal security cooperation in the EU.