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Tectonic Shifts of European Integration : Identifying Deliberation and Change in the Everyday Practice

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If nothing else, this study is about understanding the nature of European integration. It examines the gradual, unobtrusive changes that happen in the daily flurry of decision-making activity in the European Union (EU). In analyzing and explaining occurrences of change at everyday level of EU decision making in the field of police and justice matters, the study takes on board a perspective that considers the EU as an evolving polity where, in view of its institutionally dense environment, interests of a multitude of parties interacting on a daily level are more likely to intermesh - and therefore change - rather than compete. On the basis of three case studies, the study seeks to capture instances where actors under given circumstances are engaged in deliberative discourse which induces them to shift or change their interests towards common understandings. The basic argument is that if arguments carry the day, negotiating parties are induced to change preferences or interests with no or little recourse to 'intergovernmental' bargaining tactics. One of the implications of the study's findings is that we need to readjust the generalisation that the EU is being molded and made only through interstate bargaining politics. Also in policy areas where the paradigms of national statehood and sovereignty are well-established (such as justice and home affairs).
Number of Pages: 415.0
Genre: Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Santino Lo Bianco
Language: English
Street Date: November 4, 2015
TCIN: 50926642
UPC: 9789462365902
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-8216

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