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Analysing the national EU policy process

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/9780719085123.003.0004
Analysing the national EU policy process

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In borrowing heavily from the institutionalist toolbox, many existing empirical studies of Europeanisation explain the incremental and path dependent nature of domestic adaptation as a consequence of European pressures being mediated by macro-level structural characteristics of the state — primarily national institutional and procedural arrangements, and organisational or administrative cultures. In seeking to ‘add value’ to existing historical institutionalist accounts of domestic change, this chapter proposes the use of a distinctive strategic-relational network framework through which to map the boundaries of the European Union (EU) national policy-making process over time. The framework is capable of capturing the dynamism and strategic nature of change, which offers a template for evaluating the reform, and that facilitates the identification of domestic and EU-level causal factors. The chapter proposes five broad categories of independent variables: national change agents, domestic administrative opportunity structures, domestic political opportunity structures, technological change, and European integration.

Keywords: European Union; national policy-making; domestic change; strategic-relational network framework; national change agents; domestic administrative opportunity structures; domestic political opportunity structures; technological change; European integration

Chapter.  4554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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