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The National Co-ordination of EU Policy : The Domestic Level - Hussein Kassim

The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

The Domestic Level

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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.

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`offers a good mixture of empirical investigation and comparative analysis' Simon Bulmer, Political Studies Vol 49, No 2, June 2001 `Kassim's Conclusion is particularly valuable in trying to explain convergence, divergence and the factors behind effectiveness' Simon Bulmer, Political Studies Vol 49, No 2, June 2001

the National Co-Ordination Of Eu Policyp. i
The National Co-Ordination of Eu Policyp. iii
Prefacep. v
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Referencesp. 19
The United Kingdomp. 22
Referencesp. 50
Germanyp. 54
Referencesp. 75
Francep. 79
Referencesp. 97
Italyp. 99
Conclusionp. 112
Spainp. 114
Referencesp. 138
Portugalp. 141
Greecep. 161
Referencesp. 179
Belgiump. 182
Referencesp. 199
Austriap. 201
Referencesp. 217
Denmarkp. 219
Referencesp. 233
Conclusionp. 235
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780198296645
ISBN-10: 0198296649
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 1st September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.64