"More In Than Out": Switzerland's Association With Schengen/Dublin Cooperation


  • Nicole Wichmann

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    1. University of Lucerne and University of Neuchâtel
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    • Nicole Wichmann is working as a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies at the University of Neuchâtel. She was a SNF-Visiting Researcher at the Sussex European Institute during the academic year 2008–09. Previously she worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Universities of Lucerne and Berne. In August 2009 she submitted her doctoral thesis on EU Rule of Law Promotion in the European Neighbourhood Policy at the University of Lucerne. She obtained a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. Her research has focused on the Justice and Home Affairs aspects of EU external relations.

Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, St-Honoré 2, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Phone: +41 (0)32 718 39 43; E-Mail: nicole.wichmann@unine.ch.


From the point of view of modes of governance and constellations of interdependence, EU research policy offers ideal conditions for the flexible inclusion of non-member states: it is based on transgovernmental coordination through policy networks rather than supranational legislation, it follows scientific rather than political imperatives, and cooperation is in the interest of both the EU and of Switzerland. This article analyses the degree to which these factors have allowed for Switzerland's inclusion into the regulatory and organisational aspects of EU research policy, and highlights the limits of such flexible sectoral integration.