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Ocean Governance and Maritime Security in a Placeful Environment: The Case of the European Union

Germond-Duret, CV and Germond, B (2016) Ocean Governance and Maritime Security in a Placeful Environment: The Case of the European Union. Marine Policy, 66. pp. 124-131. ISSN 1872-9460

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Abstract

Adopting a critical geopolitics approach that accounts for the mutually reinforcing link between geo-informed narratives and power projection practices, this article proposes that ocean governance and maritime security have translated into states’ and regional organisations’ increasing control over maritime spaces. This leads to a certain territorialisation of the sea, not so much from a sovereignty and jurisdictional perspective but from a functional and normative perspective. The article starts by discussing the ways oceans have been represented and shows that they are far from a placeless void, both in practice and in discourse. The article then frames the analysis of ocean governance and maritime security within critical geopolitics, and elaborates on the case of the European Union’s narrative and practice. It concludes on the mutually reinforcing link between discourse and practice in the field of ocean governance and maritime security in general, and on the consequences in terms of power projection for the EU in particular. Scholars working on ocean governance and maritime security are encouraged to challenge the traditional view that oceans are placeless.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0502 Environmental Science And Management, 1606 Political Science, 1801 Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 11:55
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2795

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