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Mark Rhinard

Mark Rhinard

Professor

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Works at Department of Economic History and International Relations
Telephone 08-16 42 88
Email mark.rhinard@ekohist.su.se
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
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Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Mark Rhinard earned his MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University and taught at Oxford University before being awarded a postdoc position at Leiden University. His research interests include the institutional contexts of international cooperation, particularly as they apply to ‘transboundary’ security threats including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics. Mark is currently Professor of International Relations in the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University, where he serves as director of the multidisciplinary Graduate School of International Studies, and manages several internationally-funded research projects. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and an external advisor to the European Policy Centre in Brussels. He is the author or co-author of Theorising Internal Security Cooperation in the European Union (2016, Oxford), The European Commission (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), The European Union as Crisis Manager (2013, Cambridge) and Framing Europe: The Policy Shaping Strategies of the European Commission (2010, Nijhoff).

Teaching

PhD Teaching

  • ‘Introduction to International Studies’ (course convener)
  • ‘Theorising International Relations’ (course convener)
  • ‘European Integration Theories’ (course convener)

Masters Teaching

  • ‘Research Methods in the Social Sciences’ (course co-convener)
  • ‘Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences’ (course convener)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • ‘Undergraduate Research Methods: Qualitative Analysis’, Stockholm University
  • ‘International Cooperation and Global Governance Challenges’, Stockholm University
  • ‘New Approaches to European Security Cooperation’, Stockholm University

Research

Mark Rhinard's research interests include the institutional contexts of international cooperation, particularly as they apply to ‘transboundary’ security threats including terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics.

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Mark Rhinard. Journal of Common Market Studies

    In recent years a subtle change has taken place in the policy‐making machinery shaping European integration. The traditional methods for producing collective European Union (EU) policies, typified by the extensive analysis of a problem, extended phases of consultation with stakeholders, the deliberate cultivation of support for proposals, occasional decision‐making moments and their long‐term implementation, now share space with what is best described as crisis‐oriented methods for arriving at collective decisions. These methods prioritize the early identification of the next crisis, specific kinds of actors and technologies, abbreviated decision‐making procedures and new narratives on the raison d'etre of European integration. This article treats this development as a kind of crisisification of EU policy‐making – a change in the processes by which collective decisions are made – and explores its implications for practice and research by drawing on both classical EU studies approaches and insights from critical security studies.

  • 2019. Neill Nugent, Mark Rhinard. Journal of European Integration

    The extent to which the European Commission exercises ‘political’ roles in European integration is very much up for debate. Some recent analyses of the Commission take it for granted that its political roles have been in decline, while others have suggested they have increased – especially under the current President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who was appointed in 2014 by a much more politicised process than had been used previously and whose College has sought to present itself as being guided by a political mission and as offering political leadership to the EU. In this article, we aim to show that in the debate about the political roles of the Commission, ‘political’ has often been poorly defined and operationalised. By drawing on Public Administration scholarship, we offer a framework for analysing how and where in the EU system the Commission’s political roles might become manifest. We then assess empirically these roles in different functions the Commission undertakes.

  • 2018. Louise Bengtsson, Stefan Borg, Mark Rhinard. European Security 27 (1), 20-40

    This article critically examines a poorly understood aspect of the European security landscape: early warning systems (EWSs). EWSs are socio-technical systems designed to detect, analyse, and disseminate knowledge on potential security issues in a wide variety of sectors. We first present an empirical overview of more than 80 EWS in the European Union. We then draw on debates in Critical Security Studies to help us make sense of the role of such systems, tapping into conceptual debates on the construction of security issues as either "threat" or "risk" related. Finally, we study one EWS - the Early Warning and Response System for infectious diseases - to understand how it works and how it reconciles risk versus threat-based security logics. Contrary to assumptions of a clear distinction between risk-and threat-based logics of security, we show that EWSs may serve as a "transmission belt" for the movement of issues from risk into threats.

  • 2018. Mark Rhinard. The Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy
  • 2018. Louise Bengtsson, Mark Rhinard. West European Politics

    Global health governance has increasingly become articulated and acted upon in ways that emphasise ‘health security’. This article applies a collective securitisation approach to understand how a particular governance regime has evolved at the European level, one concerned with large-scale ‘threats’ to public health and societies at large. The analysis shows that alongside elite-level securitisation moves, transnational professional networks and bureaucratic actors have also taken part both as securitising agents and audience, with outcomes reflected not only in policy change but also new EU-specific surveillance technologies, institutional structures, and information-sharing platforms. While these developments are partially interlinked with global trends, we show that the EU has gradually institutionalised its own approach to health security. This new status quo is enshrined in a legal framework and set of practices with an all-hazards approach targeting preparedness, early detection and containment of ‘serious cross-border threats to health’ of any origin – beyond infectious disease.

  • 2016. Raphael Bossong, Mark Rhinard.

    European Union internal security cooperation has flourished in recent years, drawing unprecedented attention from scholars. Yet studies in the field remain predominantly empirical, with only a smattering of disconnected and disparate theoretical frameworks. At this point in the development of the field, the time is right for a volume that surveys established and promising theoretical frameworks, provides a palette of options for explaining a complicated field, and reviews methodological considerations associated with different theories. This volume brings together leading scholars of different theoretical approaches used in the field, thus providing an essential reference text for new and experienced scholars alike while at the same time helping to consolidate theoretical advancements in the field. The book aims to enhance the prospects of cumulative theorizing in this area, to encourage the quality of theorizing and methodology in this area, and to connect this growing empirical area to broader theoretical debates in EU studies.

  • 2016. Neill Nugent, Mark Rhinard. Journal of Common Market Studies 54 (5), 1199-1215

    In the academic debate on the relative powers and influence of the EU institutions, it has become common to suggest - especially in the case of advocates of the 'new intergovernmentalism' - that the European Commission is in decline. In this article we show that while in some limited respects this is indeed the case, the Commission's overall position in the EU system is not one of having become a weaker institutional actor. The extent of the losses of its powers and influence tends to be exaggerated, while in some aspects its powers and influence have actually been strengthened. We show this by focusing on three of the Commission's core functions-agenda-setter, legislative actor and executive-all of which are widely portrayed as being in decline. We incorporate into our analysis both the formal and informal resources available to the Commission in exercising the functions.

  • 2015. Mark Rhinard. European Civil Security Governance, 256-277
  • 2014. Arjen Boin, Mark Rhinard, Pekka Visuri.
  • 2014. Mark Rhinard, Magnus Ekengren, Arjen Boin. Crisis Rooms, 118-128
Show all publications by Mark Rhinard at Stockholm University

Last updated: February 28, 2019

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