Which Policy for Europe?: Power and Conflict inside the European Commission

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The European Commission is at the center of the European Union's political system. Within its five-year terms each Commission proposes up to 2000 binding legal acts and therefore crucially shapes EU policy, which in turn impacts on the daily lives of more than 500 million European citizens. However, despite the Commissions key role in setting the agenda for European decision making, little is known about its internal dynamics when preparing legislation.This book provides a problem-driven, theoretically-founded, and empirically rich treatment of the so far still understudied process of position-formation inside the European Commission. It reveals that various internal political positions prevail and that the role of power and conflict inside the European Commission is essential to understanding its policy proposals.Opening the 'black box' of the Commission, the book identifies three ideal types of internal position-formation. The Commission is motivated by technocratic problem-solving, by competence-seeking utility maximization or ideologically-motivated policyseeking. Specifying conditions that favor one logic over the others, the typology furthers understanding of how the EU system functions and provides novel explanations of EU policies with substantial societal implications.
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ISBN-13: 9780199688036
ISBN-10: 0199688036
Pagini: 360
Dimensiuni: 146 x 273 x 9 mm
Greutate: 0.72 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


this is a timely and rigorous book. Its insights are the result of an innovative theoretical approach, as well as a very rich collection of data. By successfully refuting the idea that the Commission can be viewed as a unitary actor, this book has clear implications for the study of European policymaking more broadly. As more and more important decisions are taken at the European level, it is academics, activists and politicians who should be paying close attentionto these arguments.
I can strongly recommend reading Which Policy for Europe. Given the growing prominence of EU politics and policymaking in the twenty-first century, substantive knowledge of its key institutions and their functioning is of utmost importance for European citizens. Hartlapp, Metz, and Rauh take the study of the Commission an enormous step forward, and their book is a must-read for all serious scholars of the EU.
this book breaks new ground regarding the Commissions internal policy-development and while it does not convey any simple or simplistic message, it sets a high standard in terms of comprehensiveness and balance.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in research design development
this is a book that should be read by those interested in the European Commission and in EU policy drafting.
To sum up, this is an ambitious book which, as it follows the progress of 48 pieces of legislation, enables us to gain a much better knowledge of the Commission viewed from the inside. While the approach is in part theoretical, the book is also fun to read as it provides details of the strategies deployed by the actors to make their case and achieve their desired ends. The book is to be unhesitatingly recommended.

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Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp is Professor for Governance and Organizational Studies at the University of Bremen. She was doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, worked at the ILO, Geneva, and led a Young Independent Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She is co-author of "Complying with Europe: The Impact of EU Minimum Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States" (CUP 2005) that wonthe EUSA Best Book in EU Studies Prize 2007 and has published widely on the EU political system, questions of compliance and enforcement, governance in multilevel systems, as well as on international, European and comparative economic, employment and social policies.Dr. Julia Metz is senior researcher in the research area "Governance and Organizational Studies" at the University of Bremen. Previously she has worked at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, where she is guest researcher now. She holds a Masters in political science and economics from the University of Heidelberg and a PhD from the Free University Berlin. Her research interests include the dynamics of European administrative governance, the nexus of expertise and politics in the policyprocess, and research and innovation policy and her work has appeared in the Journal of European Integration and Policy and Society, among others.Dr. Christian Rauh is a research fellow in the Global Governance department of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He received his M.A. in Politics and Management from the University of Konstanz and his PhD from the Free University Berlin. His dissertation on "Politicisation, issue salience, and the consumer policies of the European Commission " was awarded with the 2013 ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for the best thesis in politics. His work covers political economy and supranational governanceand has appeared in the European Journal of Government and Economics, West European Politics, the Journal of European Integration and the Journal of Common Market Studies.