Europeanisation: a catalyst for change

Nicholas Rees and Bernadette Connaughton

in Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076206
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702932 | DOI:
Europeanisation: a catalyst for change

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This chapter investigates whether Europeanisation has been a catalyst for change in the pattern of governance in Ireland. It presents a theoretical framework for understanding the effects of Europeanisation on Ireland and relates the various conceptualisations of Europeanisation to the Irish case. This chapter contends that while Europeanisation has influenced changes in Irish policy-making and implementation, the impact of Europeanisation was mediated by domestic forces. It also analyses the way in which key variables such as intergovernmental relations, political parties and cultural values have been affected to differing degrees by Europeanisation.

Keywords: Europeanisation; Ireland; pattern of governance; Irish policy-making; domestic forces; intergovernmental relations; political parties; cultural values

Chapter.  8970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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