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"Institution-Induced Problem Solving: Problem-Oriented Micro-Institutionalization and the Cases of the European Steel Crises in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)"

Buntrock, Oliver. (2006) "Institution-Induced Problem Solving: Problem-Oriented Micro-Institutionalization and the Cases of the European Steel Crises in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)". In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Given the theoretical presumption of most institutionalist approaches based on the Coase-theorem that institutions contribute to cooperation and thus to problem solving beyond the hierarchical coordination of the nation state, the question comes up whether this assumption proves true empirically and, if so, under which conditions. As the European steel crises show, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was, despite its strong supranational design and its powerful instruments, not able for more than twenty years to contribute to the solution of these crises. Examining the cases of the European steel crises, it seems that the afore-mentioned presumption proves true under the following two preconditions which, moreover, presuppose each other. First, the specific combination of strategies of action applied by the Commission regarding the policy formulation and the implementation phase, and second, the organization-induced mechanism which in this paper will be presented as "problem-oriented micro-institutionalization," which means that the organization, induces the creation of further actors and infrastructures at those sites, where cooperation problems have been located. In the case of the European steel crises, it seems apparent that the ECSC with its original institutional structure was not able to get the crises under control. Rather problem solving required the supplement of the original widely meshed institutional structure by further actors and infrastructures – a process which can be illustrated by a matryoshka, the Russian wooden doll with smaller and smaller dolls inside.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > industrial policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    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: University of Pittsburgh, European Union Center of Excellence > 2006 (1st) Graduate Student Conference on the European Union
    Depositing User: Kostas Kourtikakis
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2006
    Page Range: p. 30
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:40
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6129

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