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"How nation-states 'hit' Europe: Ambiguity and representation in the European Union"

Beyers, Jan and Trondal, Jarle. (2003) "How nation-states 'hit' Europe: Ambiguity and representation in the European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Most studies of the EU and its member-states are concerned with how processes of European integration "hit" the member-states. This paper shifts emphasis from this "top-down" towards a "bottom-up" approach and asks whether and how differences in domestic institutional constellations shape the representational roles of member-state officials when carrying out representational tasks in the EU Council of Ministers. The paper's key objective is to build a conceptual framework that renders intelligible the domestic origins of representational roles among domestic officials attending EU institutions. For this we draw on theories of political representation, institutional theories and the literature on how member-states adapt to European integration. Our primary argument is that role perceptions are considerably conditioned by actors' domestic institutional embeddedness. This argument is substantiated by an illustrative comparison of Belgian and Swedish officials attending working groups within the Council of Ministers.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Administrative adaptation; Council working parties; federalism; role conceptions; socialisation; supranationalism.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    Countries > Belgium
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Countries > Sweden
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 35
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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