The EUs Decision Traps: Comparing Policies

Hardcover | June 5, 2011

EditorGerda Falkner

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Fritz W. Scharpf's renowned model of the 'joint-decision trap' suggests that the requirements of (nearly) unanimous decisions in the EU's Council of Ministers, combined with conflicting preferences among member governments, will systematically limit the problem-solving effectiveness ofEuropean policies. However, certain conditions have significantly changed in the 25 years since the theory was first posited. In particular, the unanimity rule has been replaced by qualified-majority voting in most issue areas, and successive rounds of enlargement have augmented the diversity ofmember state interests and preferences. This volume examines the continued relevance of the model. It presents a comparative study on the differential politics in EU policies. Looking at the political dynamics in an array of EU activities, it analyses breakthroughs as well as stalemates and asks why leaps occur in some areas whilstblockages characterise others. The dynamics that allow the EU to escape various forms of decision trap are analysed in-depth, including those suggested by 'rationalist' theorists (supranational-hierarchical steering, treaty-base games, and arena shifting) and those suggested by 'constructivist'approaches (socialisation). The volume concludes that when the EU is confronted with a high degree of problem pressure in a given issue area, these mechanisms will often not be available because most remain outside politicians' immediate grasp.

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Fritz W. Scharpf's renowned model of the 'joint-decision trap' suggests that the requirements of (nearly) unanimous decisions in the EU's Council of Ministers, combined with conflicting preferences among member governments, will systematically limit the problem-solving effectiveness ofEuropean policies. However, certain conditions have...

Gerda Falkner Associate Professor for Political Science at the University of Vienna and Director of the Institute for European Integration Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (www.eif.oeaw.ac.at http://www.eif.oeaw.ac.at). Her research focuses on European integration.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:June 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Gerda Falkner: PrefaceAbbreviations List1. Gerda Falkner: Introduction: The EU's Decision Traps and their Exits: A Concept for Comparative Analysis2. Christilla Roederer-Rynning: The Paradigmatic Case: Beyond Emergency Exits in the Common Agricultural Policy3. Susanne K. Schmidt: Overcoming the Joint-Decision Trap in Single-Market Legislation: The Interplay between Judicial and Legislative Politics4. Philipp Genschelt: One Trap, Many Exits, but no Free Lunch: How the Joint-Decision Trap Shapes EU Tax Policy5. Zdenek Kudrna: Financial Market Regulation: A 'Lamfalussy Exit' from the Joint-Decision Trap6. Johannes Pollak and Peter Slominski: Liberalising the EU's Energy Market: Hard and Soft Power Combined7. Katharina Holzinger: Environmental Policy in the Joint-Decision Trap? The Critical Balance between 'Market Making' and 'Market Correcting'8. Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen and Gerda Falkner: Social Policy: Problem-Solving Gaps, Partial Exits and Court-Decision Traps9. Florian Trauner: Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration? Studying Justice and Home Affairs10. Nicole Alecu de Flers; Laura Chappell; Patrick Muller: The EU's Foreign and Security Policy: Incremental Upgrading of Common Interests and the Effects of Institutionalised Cooperation11. Miriam Hartlapp: Organising Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap? Cross-Sectoral (Non-)Coordination in the European Union12. Arthur Benz: Escaping Joint-Decision Traps: National and Supranational Experiences Compared13. Fritz W. Scharpf: The JDT Model: Context and Extensions14. Gerda Falkner: In and Out of EU Decision Traps: Comparative Perspectives