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The National Co-ordination of EU PolicyThe European Level$
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Hussein Kassim, Anand Menon, B. Guy Peters, and Vincent Wright

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199248052.001.0001

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Introduction: Co‐ordinating National Action in Brussels

Introduction: Co‐ordinating National Action in Brussels

(p.1) Introduction: Co‐ordinating National Action in Brussels
The National Co-ordination of EU Policy

Hussein Kassim (Contributor Webpage)

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The purpose of this Introduction to the book is to provide a point of reference and context for the eleven country studies that follow. It begins with a brief discussion of national co-ordination and why it matters to governments at the European level, and then outlines the tasks and difficulties that face national co-ordinators in Brussels, looking at the EU as a political system, and at its complex institutional structure (the Council of the Union, the European Parliament, the European Commission). The following section looks at the tasks that national co-ordinators are called to perform in routine policy-making, and identifies four phases: policy initiation, policy formulation, deliberation and decision; and implementation and enforcement. A brief section on ‘heroic’ decision-making by national governments follows, and then the matter of the emergence of an overall pattern in national co-ordination—of convergence or divergence—is considered. The next section looks at the effectiveness of national arrangements in Brussels, and the concluding one introduces the eleven country case studies.

Keywords:   Brussels, convergence, decision-making, divergence, effectiveness, EU policy, European Union, institutional structure, national co-ordination, national governments, policy co-ordination, policy-making

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