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"The Santer Commission: Pillarised, nationalised or just ‘normalised’?"

Peterson, John. (1997) "The Santer Commission: Pillarised, nationalised or just ‘normalised’?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    In retrospect (and following recent publications by Ross, Grant and Cockfield) it is now clear that the early Delors years were an unusual period in the life span of the Commission. It was united behind a single purpose, subject to strong central leadership and granted a rare window of opportunity of key member states (argued by Moravcsik) to take the initiative in designing market liberalisation as well as ‘flanking policies.’ Commission activism ended before the end of the Delors Presidency, but this paper focuses on the changes under the Santer Presidency and asks what are the implications for theorizing about European integration. Is the Santer Commission unusually weak or just a more ‘normal’ Commission? The central argument is that the extent to which ‘multi-level governance’ explains decision-making in policy sectors depends on how deeply the Commission must reach into the fabric of national civil services and interest group structures in order to accrue valued resources, and thus act as ‘ring-leader’ of policy networks which are effective in asserting their interests.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 24
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2701

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