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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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The ‘strategic-projection’ model of Europeanisation

The ‘strategic-projection’ model of Europeanisation

(p.23) 3 The ‘strategic-projection’ model of Europeanisation
Managing Europe from Home

Scott James

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses the conceptual challenge posed by Europeanisation by reflecting on the utility of the existing goodness-of-fit model for exploring domestic adaptation aimed at uploading national policy preferences onto the European Union (EU) arena. It argues that the goodness-of-fit model is ill-suited to conceptualising strategic adaptation to EU membership: that is, the reform of national policy-making processes for the purpose of enhancing the coordination and projection of national EU policy. As an alternative to the conventional goodness-of-fit model, the chapter proposes an innovative strategic-projection model that sought to delineate between four modes of Europeanisation: the effective obligation of membership, differential empowerment and strategic adaptation within government, administrative transfer through intergovernmental learning, and the desire to maximise the compatibility of domestic and EU structures.

Keywords:   strategic-projection model, Europeanisation, goodness-of-fit model, European Union, effective obligation, membership, differential empowerment, strategic adaptation, administrative transfer, intergovernmental learning

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