The ‘strategic-projection’ model of Europeanisation

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:
The ‘strategic-projection’ model of Europeanisation

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This chapter addresses the conceptual challenge posed by Europeanisation by reflecting on the utility of the existing goodness-of-fit model for exploring domestic adaptation aimed at uploading national policy preferences onto the European Union (EU) arena. It argues that the goodness-of-fit model is ill-suited to conceptualising strategic adaptation to EU membership: that is, the reform of national policy-making processes for the purpose of enhancing the coordination and projection of national EU policy. As an alternative to the conventional goodness-of-fit model, the chapter proposes an innovative strategic-projection model that sought to delineate between four modes of Europeanisation: the effective obligation of membership, differential empowerment and strategic adaptation within government, administrative transfer through intergovernmental learning, and the desire to maximise the compatibility of domestic and EU structures.

Keywords: strategic-projection model; Europeanisation; goodness-of-fit model; European Union; effective obligation; membership; differential empowerment; strategic adaptation; administrative transfer; intergovernmental learning

Chapter.  5885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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