Dynamics of Change in the European Union

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Daniel Naurin, Anne Rasmussen
Routledge, Jul 30, 2012 - Political Science - 205 pages
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Agreements concerning inter-institutional rules in the treaties of the European Union often give rise to reactions and processes of adaptation within the EU institutions. Recent literature on EU legislative politics has increasingly examined decision-making within the EU institutions, but has largely overlooked how these internal processes react and adapt to changes in relations between the EU bodies. To fill this gap the authors present a series of empirical studies that examine how shifts in inter-institutional rules and procedures affect intra-institutional politics. They show that the resulting intrainstitutional adaptations may in turn both have distributive consequences and affect the efficiency of the initial inter-institutional reforms. In addition, they provide some stepping stones for theory-building on how treaty reforms affect organizational structure and decision-making within the EU institutions by outlining a series of mediating variables that link these two types of change processes.

This book was originally published as a special issue of West European Politics.

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About the author (2012)

Daniel Naurin is Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on EU politics, transparency and lobbying. He is the author of inter alia Deliberation Behind Closed Doors (ECPR Press, 2007), and articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, European Union Politics and West European Politics.

Anne Rasmussen is a Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, Leiden University. She is the editor of Political Parties in the European Union (Routledge, 2009, together with Lindberg and Warntjen) and has published articles in European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, Party Politics and the Journal of European Integration.

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