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Hammering in the Head of ‘the Other’ Aviation Profession : Swedish Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Experiences of EU Civil Aviation Regulation

Woodlock, John LU (2016) SIMV11 20161
Department of Sociology of Law
Graduate School
Master of Science in Global Studies
Abstract
Since the formation of the European Union (EU), European integration and the policies adopted to achieve this objective are a growing topic of interest and concern for different fields of scholarship. The single market driven EU project involves a proliferating and complicated bureaucracy which in itself, generates more bureaucracy. Coping with this development has seen the EU establish decentralized agencies who have been delegated power to regulate and implement policies in specific domains of European political, economic and private spheres. This legal phenomenon known as the ‘Europeanisation’ of law is manifested in EU civil aviation through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), who have assumed complete regulatory authority for... (More)
Since the formation of the European Union (EU), European integration and the policies adopted to achieve this objective are a growing topic of interest and concern for different fields of scholarship. The single market driven EU project involves a proliferating and complicated bureaucracy which in itself, generates more bureaucracy. Coping with this development has seen the EU establish decentralized agencies who have been delegated power to regulate and implement policies in specific domains of European political, economic and private spheres. This legal phenomenon known as the ‘Europeanisation’ of law is manifested in EU civil aviation through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), who have assumed complete regulatory authority for the governance of civil aviation in EU member states. Thus, the relationships between national authorities, the aircraft industry and aviation professionals in this field are transformed by this paradigmatic change. A professional group affected by this transition of governance are aircraft maintenance engineers who work in the heavily regulated safety and risk critical domain of aviation maintenance. As such, this thesis explores the Europeanisation of law in aviation, using the case of aviation maintenance engineers in Sweden to gauge their experiences of social control as exercised by EASA. It is argued here that this profession has been under-represented in and by safety science and socio-legal scholarship and can reveal key insights as to how power, in the EU legal framework, is exercised over individuals and groups through a policy of soft law ‘empowerment’. (Less)
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Woodlock, John LU
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SIMV11 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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empowerment, trust, soft law, compliance, human factors, EU governance, aviation maintenance.
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English
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8905118
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  abstract     = {Since the formation of the European Union (EU), European integration and the policies adopted to achieve this objective are a growing topic of interest and concern for different fields of scholarship. The single market driven EU project involves a proliferating and complicated bureaucracy which in itself, generates more bureaucracy. Coping with this development has seen the EU establish decentralized agencies who have been delegated power to regulate and implement policies in specific domains of European political, economic and private spheres. This legal phenomenon known as the ‘Europeanisation’ of law is manifested in EU civil aviation through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), who have assumed complete regulatory authority for the governance of civil aviation in EU member states. Thus, the relationships between national authorities, the aircraft industry and aviation professionals in this field are transformed by this paradigmatic change. A professional group affected by this transition of governance are aircraft maintenance engineers who work in the heavily regulated safety and risk critical domain of aviation maintenance. As such, this thesis explores the Europeanisation of law in aviation, using the case of aviation maintenance engineers in Sweden to gauge their experiences of social control as exercised by EASA. It is argued here that this profession has been under-represented in and by safety science and socio-legal scholarship and can reveal key insights as to how power, in the EU legal framework, is exercised over individuals and groups through a policy of soft law ‘empowerment’.},
  author       = {Woodlock, John},
  keyword      = {empowerment,trust,soft law,compliance,human factors,EU governance,aviation maintenance.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hammering in the Head of ‘the Other’ Aviation Profession : Swedish Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Experiences of EU Civil Aviation Regulation},
  year         = {2016},
}