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The National Co-Ordination of EU Policy : The European Level - Hussein Kassim

The National Co-Ordination of EU Policy

The European Level

By: Vincent Wright, Hussein Kassim (Editor), Anand Menon (Editor), B. Guy Peters (Editor)

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Published: 1st December 2001
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This book is the second of two volumes that examine how EU member states co-ordinate their European policies. In this second volume, the focus is on the European level. The book investigates the strategies deployed by eleven member states -- Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom - and examines the role played by the permanent representation, and the structures and processes that link national officials in Brussels and at home. From a comparative perspective, the book identifies and assesses the organisation, functions and effectiveness of the permanent representation, and the part that it plays in the national system of co-ordination. It considers the influences that have shaped systems of national co-ordination -- the demands exerted by Union membership, the institutional structure of the national polity, the pre-existing balance between domestic institutions, administrative norms and values, and attitudes, both popular and elite, to 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 endures. The question of effectiveness is also addressed.The companion volume explores co-ordination institutions, structures and procedures at the domestic level. Looking at ten member states, it offers a comprehensive comparative analysis of the way in national governments organise European policy making.

All of the chapters are excellent, and a particular strength is that each follows a common format, which facilitated the cross-national comparison in the concluding chapter ... this is a useful addition to the theoretical and empirical literature on European integration. * Political Studies *

Hussien Kassim: Introduction: Co-ordinating National Action in Brussels 1: Hussien Kassim: United Kingdom 2: Anand Menon: The French Administration in Brussels 3: Andreas Maurer and Wolfgang Wessels: The German Case: A Key Moderator in a Competitive Multi-Level Environment The German Case: A Key Moderator in a Competitive Multi-Level Environment 4: Giacinto della Cananea: Italy 5: Calliope Spanou: Permanent Challenges? Representing Greece in Brussels 6: José M.Magone: The Portuguese Permanent Representation in Brussels: The Institutionalization of a Simple System 7: Bart Kerremans and Jan Beyers: The Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union: Mailbox, Messenger or Representative? 8: Rudy B.Andeweg and Ben Soetendorp: National Co-ordination in Brussels? The Role of the Dutch PR to the EU 9: Wolfgang C. Müller: Ministerial Government at the European Level: The Case of Austria 10: Sonia Mazey: The Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU: Melding National and Collective Interests 11: Brigid Laffan: National Co-ordination in Brussels: The Role of Ireland's Permanent Representation Hussein Kassim and B. Guy Peters: Conclusion: Co-ordinating National Action in Brussels - A Comparative Perspective

ISBN: 9780199248056
ISBN-10: 0199248052
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.31  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68