This book i sone of two volumes in which leading scholars examine the way in which EU member states co-ordinate their European policies. Eschewing the 'Europeanisation' problematic within which the issue is usually adressed, this book adopts a broader, more inclusive approach. It examines domestic processes and investigates co-ordination in ten member states - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom - looking
at co-ordinating ambitions, the actors involved in EU policy making, and the structures and processes by which policy is made.
From a comparative perspective, the book identifies and assesses the impact of the influiences that have shaped systems of national co-ordination - the demands exerted by Union membership, the instituional structure of the national polity, the pre-existing balance between domestic institutions, administrative norms and values, and attitudes, both popular and elite, the European integration. It assesses the extent to which there has been a convergent response to the administrative challenges
posed by membership on the part of the member states or whether a pattern of divergence emerges. The effectiveness of member states in influencing policy outcomes at the European level is also addressed.
The companion volume answers similar questions about national administrations in Brussels. Looking at twelve member states, it is the first systematic examination of the role played by Permanent Representations in national EU policy making.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 589 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 20 mm
This is an outstanding edited volume ... All essays are of a high standard ... The clear presentation of the facts and theoretical arguments make this book essential reading for a wide variety of audiences whether practitioner, student or academic, and for those interested in the domestic politico-administrative system of the 11 member states covered by the book or in decision-making in the EU. * West European Politics *
... offers a good mixture of empirical investigation and comparative analysis. * Politicial Studies *