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Introducing the study

Scott James

in Managing Europe from Home

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085123
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702635 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085123.003.0001
Introducing the study

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As two of the longest-serving prime ministers in Europe, Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern had a profound impact on both the national and European stage. Their decade in power coincided with perhaps one of the most tumultuous periods of European integration, with no less than two successful rounds of treaty reform, a stalled Constitutional Treaty process, and two ratification crises. This book explores the way in which both leaders responded to the demands and opportunities of European Union (EU) membership by profoundly reshaping their domestic European policy-making processes in order to further their strategic policy agendas. By employing highly innovative conceptual and analytical frameworks, the book considers what these reforms tell us about the causal impact of European integration on national policy-making processes. It hypothesises that the EU policy process within the UK and Ireland underwent extensive reconfiguration between 1997 and 2007. It also seeks to test the proposition that the reforms to the UK and Irish European policy-making process enhanced the capacity of their respective governments to project national EU policy.

Keywords: European Union; Tony Blair; Bertie Ahern; national policy-making; European integration; UK; Ireland; reforms; EU policy; European policy-making

Chapter.  2965 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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