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"The engines of integration? Supranational autonomy and influence in the European Union"

Pollack, Mark A. (1997) "The engines of integration? Supranational autonomy and influence in the European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The supranational organizations of the European Community--the Commission, the Court of Justice, and the European Parliament--are often depicted as the engines of the integration process, nudging the member states toward ever-deeper integration. This paper suggests that the role of supranational organizations in the integration process is best understood in terms of principal-agent analysis, which suggests that the autonomy and influence of supranational organizations varies as a function of four key variables: the preferences of member governments, and the possibility of transnational coalitions between the organizations and interest groups within the member states. Case studies of the Commission’s executive functions in structural policy, competition policy, and external trade policy suggest that the Commission can serve, and has served, as the engine of the integration process in these issue-areas, but only within the limits established by the four aforementioned factors, and by its changing relationship with the European Court of Justice.

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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 > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regional policy/structural funds
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Parliament
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Court of Justice/Court of First Instance
    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. 55
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2706

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