9780521652964

Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe: Escape from Deadlock

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521652964

  • ISBN10:

    0521652960

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-11-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Policy-Making and Diversity in Europe examines the European polity 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 and aggressive policy maker. Hritier argues that the diversity of actors' interests and the consensus-forcing nature of European institutions would almost inevitably stall the decision-making process, 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'. The book examines the presence of subterfuge in the policy domains of market-making, the provision of collective goods, redistribution and distribution. Subterfuge is seen to reinforce the primary functions of the European polity: the accommodation of diversity, policy innovation and democratic legitimation. Professor Hritier concludes that the use of subterfuge to reconcile unity with diversity and competition with co-operation is the greatest challenge facing European policy-making.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Escaping deadlock: policy-making in Europe
1(5)
The context of subterfuge: diversity, fragmentation and the malleability of the European polity
6(7)
The analytical approach and theoretical background
13(18)
Market-making policy: transport and telecommunications
31(20)
The provision of collective goods and the reduction of externalities: environmental policy
51(11)
Market-correcting, redistributive policy: regional and social policy
62(18)
Market correcting, distributive policy: research and technology
80(7)
Summary and conclusion: stalemate and subterfuge across policy areas
87(12)
References 99(10)
Index 109

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