Jack Hayward

in Elitism, Populism, and European Politics

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198280354
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599422 | DOI:

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Monnet‐style European integration relied upon behind‐the‐scenes influence of a few self‐conscious agents of change. The negotiating skills of technocrats and the political skills of statesmen secured inconspicuous compromises without arousing public fears. By the 1990s, unification by stealth became increasingly difficult to sustain, as elite concertation was less able to achieve consensus and public acquiescence in the complex processes of EU decision‐making risked turning into public alienation.

Keywords: consensus; elite concertation; European integration; public alienation; technocrats

Chapter.  2229 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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