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The European Commission and the future of Europe

Kassim, H. and Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. (2007) The European Commission and the future of Europe. Journal of European Public Policy 14 (8), pp. 1249-1270. ISSN 1350-1763.

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Abstract

This article examines the Commission's preferences and preference formation in relation to the Convention and the negotiation of the Constitutional Treaty. Opposing rational choice accounts, which explain Commission action in terms of the tendency of bureaucratic actors to seek to maximize power, status and opportunities, it argues that the Commission is best seen as an internally differentiated arena, from which preferences emerge as a result of complex interactions that entail the use of power, institutionalized myths and routines. It contends that the Commission was an ineffective performer in the debate on the future of Europe. As well as committing tactical and strategic mistakes, the Commission was disadvantaged by the explicitly political nature of the exercise and the opportunity structure of the Convention compared to previous IGCs. A third argument is that the ratification and post-ratification process reveal the current limitations on the Commission's ability to influence debates about the future of the Union. Its historic vocation as the engine of integration implies one course of action, while being cast as part of the problem suggests another.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Journal of Euopean Public Policy 2007 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501760701656445"
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Constitutional Treaty, Convention on the Future of Europe, European Commission, IGC, institutionalism, preference formation, Romano Prodi, treaty reform
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2013 10:40
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5026

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