Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration?

Florian Trauner

in The EU's Decision Traps

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729140 | DOI:
Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration?

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This chapter maintains that the transition of formal decision rule to the Community method, in combination with a high acceptance of conflict-minimizing special arrangements for cooperation-reluctant member states, has been at the centre of the EU's efforts to mitigate problems associated with the joint-decision trap in the field of justice and home affairs. The role of supranational actors in undermining veto players' positions has been less influential than in other policies, although it has evolved with the entering into force of the new decision rules. Using the Prüm Process of police data sharing as a case study, the analysis illustrates how a group of member states managed to escape from a particular decision-making blockade by promoting an enhanced form of cooperation outside the EU's legal framework.

Keywords: justice and home affairs; joint decision-making; political opportunity structure; problem-solving gaps; differentiation; Prüm Process

Chapter.  8403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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