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“Shaping European Union Policy: The Significance of Think Tank Activity”

Sherrington, Philippa. (1999) “Shaping European Union Policy: The Significance of Think Tank Activity”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Despite a growing academic interest in notions of agenda-setting, advocacy coalitions, and the role of ideas in the development of the European Union (EU), little attention has been given to the role of think tanks. EU-oriented think tanks are not a new phenomenon. Some of those operating from a national base have a longer history than the EU itself. Others however are still in their infancy. Most of the exclusively EU-oriented think tanks only emerged in the 1980s, and the European Commission’s internal think tank is just ten years old. There appears to have been a growth in think tank activity at the European level in the last two decades, perhaps simply explained by the deepening of EU competences, the increased impact of EU policy-making on member states, and thus a heightened awareness of all things European. Some national institutes are responding accordingly by increasingly moving from a specific domestic to a European-focussed agenda. As a consequence of increased policy activity at the EU level, the growth in think tanks may also have arisen out of EU institutional and national administrative needs for greater policy advocacy.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > NGOs
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 17
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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