Agenda-Setting and the Formation of an EU Policy-Making State

Sebastiaan Princen

in Constructing a Policy-Making State?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604104
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741531 | DOI:
Agenda-Setting and the Formation of an EU Policy-Making State

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This chapter assesses the contribution of agenda-setting theory to analysing the changing distribution of policy-making powers between the EU and its member states. Based on the agenda-setting literature, the chapter specifies a number of factors that lead to the entrance of issues on the EU agenda. This theoretical framework is then used to outline two pathways to the EU agenda: one in which issues suddenly hit the EU agenda after a major event and one in which impetus for dealing with an issue at the EU-level is gradually built up. Finally, the insights from agenda-setting theory are compared with those from integration theory. It is argued that agenda-setting theory can help us formulate a more specific and nuanced set of conditions that determine whether or not issues will make it to the EU agenda, thus advancing our understanding of policy shifts between member states and the process of European integration more generally.

Keywords: agenda-setting; European Union; integration theory; policy-making authority

Chapter.  7588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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