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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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Analysing the national EU policy process

Analysing the national EU policy process

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(p.39) 4 Analysing the national EU policy process
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Managing Europe from Home
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Scott James

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085123.003.0004

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

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