Ambiguity and representation in an emergent European Executive Order

Jarle Trondal

in An Emergent European Executive Order

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579426
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722714 | DOI:
Ambiguity and representation in an emergent European Executive Order

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Chapter 11 explores enduring ambiguities of representation within an emergent European Executive Order. Attention is directed towards how differences in domestic institutional constellations shape the representational roles of member‐state officials attending the Council Working Parties (CWPs). The primary argument is that role perceptions employed by national civil servants within the CWPs are considerably conditioned by actors' domestic institutional embedment. Comparing Belgian and Swedish officials attending working groups within the Council of Ministers substantiates this argument. This chapter shows that Belgian officials are more supranationally oriented than their Swedish counterparts and that this difference is related to varying levels of vertical and horizontal specialization, federalism, competition among veto‐players, the role of the Foreign Ministry, and the level of trust in domestic government compared to the level of trust in the European Union. Hence, supranational dynamics within the emergent European Executive Order is profoundly conditioned by the formal organization of domestic government systems.

Keywords: Ambiguity; Belgium; Council Working Parties; domestic government systems; representation; supranational; Sweden

Chapter.  8381 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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