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Managing Europe from HomeThe Changing Face of European Policy-making Under Blair and Ahern$
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Scott James

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085123

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085123.001.0001

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(p.176) 10 Conclusion
Managing Europe from Home

Scott James

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter reprises the key research findings from the study with reference to three key questions: How was the European Union (EU) national policy-making process adapted by Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern in an attempt to project policy preferences more effectively? How can we evaluate the impact of adaptation on the capacity of the UK and Irish governments to coordinate and project EU policy? To what extent was adaptation driven by wider domestic reform processes or developments at the EU level? The chapter then reflects on the distinctive conceptual and analytical frameworks that have been employed, considers the value that they add to existing studies in the field, and addresses the potential weaknesses that have become apparent during the course of the study. It also draws upon comparative insights from similar research in other EU member states, enabling us to speculate about the generalisability of the findings presented here. Finally, it ends by presenting a number of key recommendations for enhancing the coordination and projection of future EU policy in the UK and Ireland.

Keywords:   European Union, UK, Ireland, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, adaptation, national policy-making, coordination, EU policy

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