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"The European Commission: Opportunities Seized, Problems Unresolved"

George, Stephen. (1995) "The European Commission: Opportunities Seized, Problems Unresolved". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    During the years of Jacques Delors' presidencies, and indeed going back to before 1985, the European Commission very successfully played the role of policy entrepreneur. This is not an original assertion, but it has been contested, so in Part 1 of the paper the concept of policy entrepreneur is defined, and evidence is assembled that the Commission did play that role in a number of policy sectors. A distinct strategy is discerned which the Commission pursued. The success of the Commission in acting as a policy entrepreneur extended the scope of integration and of its own competencies. However, as well as provoking something of a backlash post-Maastricht, the success of the Commission in seizing opportunities only added to problems that had been identified much earlier in the history of the Commission and had never been adequately resolved. These problems relate to the managerial and implementation capacities of the Commission. Part 2 of the paper reviews these problems, and some recent solutions that have been proposed to them.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: 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 > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    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 > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 10
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6932

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