Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 August 2011

224 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719085123

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Managing Europe from Home

The Changing Face of European Policy-making Under Blair and Ahern

Scott James

Published by Manchester University Press

European Policy Research Unit Series MUP

  • Critically evaluates the impact and effectiveness of the adaptation strategies pursued by the Blair and Ahern governments
  • Draws on extensive interviews with over sixty key figures (including ministers, senior officials and special advisors) from London, Dublin and Brussels
  • It provides evidence for the first time to demonstrate that longer-term structural developments within the EU constitute important contributory factors in the gradual empowerment of prime minister's offices and the alignment of domestic and EU-level decision making structures
  • It seeks to add value to existing historical institutionalist approaches by employing a strategic-relational network framework in order to provide a more accurate picture of the fluidity and dynamism of adaptation
  • Makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of Europeanisation by locating our extensive knowledge of adaptation within a broader conceptual model
  • The study 'looks outside the box' of conventional approaches by developing a distinctive analytical framework