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"Conceptualising Common Commercial Policy Treaty revision: explaining dynamics and inertia from the Amsterdam IGC to the Constitutional Treaty"

Niemann, Arne. (2005) "Conceptualising Common Commercial Policy Treaty revision: explaining dynamics and inertia from the Amsterdam IGC to the Constitutional Treaty". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper seeks to explain the varying, and sometimes intriguing, outcomes of the past three revisions of the Treaty concerning the Community’s Common Commercial Policy. How can the failure to extend Community competencies at the Amsterdam IGC be explained in one of the most integrated fields despite substantial pressures stemming from the changing international trade agenda? Why has the last Treaty revision managed to achieve considerable progress concerning the extension of Community competence in contested areas, which the previous three IGCs failed to bring about? The paper argues that six explanatory factors can account for these outcomes: (1) functional pressures; (2) the role of supranational institutions; (3) socialisation, deliberation and learning processes; (4) exogenous pressures; (5) the role of organised interests; and (6) countervailing forces. The framework, especially through its dialectical nature (combining both dynamics and countervailing factors), also enables us to account for more specific aspects of decision outcomes. In addition, I suggest that for dynamics to have an impact structural and more agency-based pressures have to occur concurrently.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Nice Treaty
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 1996
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 2000
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 2003-4
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Amsterdam Treaty
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    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 > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2005
    Page Range: p. 61
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3080

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