Exercising Discretion in Border Areas: On the Changing Social Surround and Decision Field of Internal Border Control in the Netherlands

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 2(4): 382-402

Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 3082547

21 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2017

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Dekkers Tim

Leiden University - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology

Maartje van der Woude

Leiden Law School - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology

Joanne van der Leun

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Most of the research on discretion focuses on the street-level decisions of law enforcement officials. By focusing on the micro level, these studies neglect the fact that decisions are not made within a vacuum but rather within a broader political, legal and societal context. This article not only sheds light on the understudied area of border policing, it also aims to give insight into the broader context that might influence the street-level decision-making of Dutch Border police officers. By means of a discourse analysis of over 250 documents, the research shows how the social surround and the decision field of border security in the Netherlands develops over a period of 20 years. The results of the study not only show how Dutch border security is increasingly directed at the criminal immigrant, but also the increased use of and belief in intelligence-based and technology-driven decision-making.

Keywords: decision field, Netherlands, immigration, technology, discretionary powers, border control, social surround

Suggested Citation

Tim, Dekkers and van der Woude, Maartje and van der Leun, Joanne, Exercising Discretion in Border Areas: On the Changing Social Surround and Decision Field of Internal Border Control in the Netherlands (2016). International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 2(4): 382-402; Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 3082547. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082547

Dekkers Tim (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology ( email )

Postbus 9520
Leiden, 2300
Netherlands

Maartje Van der Woude

Leiden Law School - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology ( email )

Postbus 9520
Leiden, 2300
Netherlands

Joanne Van der Leun

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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