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The United Kingdom

Hussein Kassim

in The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198296645
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599613 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296649.003.0002
 The United Kingdom

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This chapter on the national co-ordination of European Union (EU) policy in the United Kingdom has four sections. The first considers the UK’s interpretation of the co-ordination need generated by EC/EU membership; the co-ordination ambition is outlined in relation to the UK political system and explanatory factors are discussed. The organization, structure, and procedural operation of the co-ordination system are discussed in the second section of the chapter, which examines in detail the relationship between central actors and the line ministries, the division of labour and responsibility, and the formal and informal channels of communication. The third section assesses the effectiveness of UK co-ordination within the wider context of the relationship between administrative efficiency and policy success. The final part concludes that the UK’s system for co-ordinating EU policy has been shaped more profoundly by pre-existing institutional structures and values that characterize the domestic polity than by the demands generated by membership of the EU, but that the influence of both imperatives is apparent.

Keywords: administrative efficiency; central actors; communication; domestic policy; domestic polity; EU policy; European Union; institutional structures; line ministries; national co-ordination; political systems; United Kingdom

Chapter.  14017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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