Informal Accords and Legislative Politics

Jeffrey Stacey

in Integrating Europe

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584765
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723506 | DOI:
 Informal Accords and Legislative Politics

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This chapter examines all informal accords of a noneconomic nature which nonetheless have had a marked impact on interorganizational relations in the EU, that is, the standard, procedural, and substantive types of accords (but few if any of the basic type). An attempt is made to discuss these political accords in terms of the formal legislative procedure that either necessitated their creation or with which they are most closely associated by EU practitioners. In each case they are analyzed briefly in relation to the overall argument namely that the dynamics of informal interorganizational agreements involve both institutionalization (a reinforcement of the status quo organizational balance) and integration (a redistribution of policy‐making power and influence). Informal accords have grown in number and significance over time, though not always in parallel to concomitant activity in the formal sphere.

Keywords: informal accords; political accords; legislative politics; institutionalization; integration

Chapter.  17325 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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