Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe: Escape from Deadlock

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 28, 1999 - Political Science - 113 pages
Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe examines the European Union and its policy-making processes. In particular, it asks how an institution which is so riddled with veto points manages to be such an active policy maker. Héritier argues that the diversity of actors' interests and the need for consensus in European institutions would almost inevitably lead to deadlock, were it not for the existence of creative informal strategies and policy-making patterns. Termed by the author 'subterfuge', these strategies prevent political impasses and 'make Europe work'.
 

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Contents

Escaping deadlock policymaking in Europe
1
The context of subterfuge diversity fragmentation and the malleability of the European polity
6
The analytical approach and theoretical background
13
Marketmaking policy transport and telecommunications
31
The provision of collective goods and the reduction of externalities environmental policy
51
Marketcorrecting redistributive policy regional and social policy
62
Marketcorrecting distributive policy research and technology
80
Summary and conclusion stalemate and subterfuge across policy areas
87
References
99
Index
109
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