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    Collective leadership in leaderless Europe: a sceptical view

    Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. (2008) Collective leadership in leaderless Europe: a sceptical view. In: Hayward, J. (ed.) Leaderless Europe. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 288-304. ISBN 9780199535026.

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    Abstract

    Collective leadership is about choosing priorities and resolving conflicts by a group of actors through compromise. However, it weakens clarity, speed, and uniformity of decisions and blurs responsibility. Nevertheless, it is how the EU is meant to operate through the Commission, the Council of Ministers, and the European Council. The Commission acts collegially and both councils avoid voting, seeking consensus, as does the European Parliament. System preservation is as important as problem solving, but it was an integrated way of achieving a single market and currency. The future prospects for effective collective leadership look bleak without shared material interests, e.g., budgetary negotiations, or ideology, such as controversial neo-liberal policy, or a clear institutional leadership, weakened by enlargement.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): consensus, uniformity, responsibility, action traps, Commission, Council of Ministers, European Council, budget, ideology
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 13:44
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475

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