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Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe : Escape from Deadlock - Adrienne Heritier

Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe

Escape from Deadlock

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Published: 2nd July 2010
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Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe examines the European polity and its policy-making processes. In particular, it asks how an institution which is so riddled with veto points manages to be such an active and aggressive policy maker. Heritier argues that the diversity of actors' interests and the consensus-forcing nature of European institutions would almost inevitably stall the decision-making process, were it not for the existence of creative informal strategies and policy-making patterns. Termed by the author 'subterfuge', these strategies prevent political impasses and 'make Europe work'. The book examines the presence of subterfuge in the policy domains of market-making, the provision of collective goods, redistribution and distribution. Subterfuge is seen to reinforce the primary functions of the European polity: the accommodation of diversity, policy innovation and democratic legitimation. Professor Heritier concludes that the use of subterfuge to reconcile unity with diversity and competition with co-operation is the greatest challenge facing European policy-making.

Escape from deadlock
The context of subterfuge
The analytical approach and theoretical background
Market-making policy
The provision of collective goods and the reduction of externalities
Market-correcting, redistributive policy
Market-correcting, distributive policy
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521652964
ISBN-10: 0521652960
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 2nd July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.35