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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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Horizontal networking: reconfiguring coordination

Horizontal networking: reconfiguring coordination

(p.102) 7 Horizontal networking: reconfiguring coordination
Managing Europe from Home

Scott James

Manchester University Press

Mechanisms of coordination refer to those ‘horizontal’ processes that embed strategic networking in regularised practices, facilitate and structure interaction, and create relationships of mutual interdependency. They include formal structures of decision making and coordination (such as standing committees), as well as informal processes of consultation and communication (for example through ad hoc meetings, circulation lists or correspondence). Within the European Union (EU) network, these mechanisms are critical for coordinating policy across departmental boundaries. The chapter first provides an overview of horizontal networking within the EU network immediately after accession in 1973 and how it evolved through to 1997. It then explores its development during the administrations of Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, using the 2004 and 2005 EU presidencies in Ireland and the UK as comparative case studies of the particularly elaborate mechanisms that are put in place for its duration.

Keywords:   European Union, horizontal networking, UK, Ireland, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, coordination, decision making, consultation, communication

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