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Vivien A. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266975.001.0001

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The European Union and National Policymaking

The European Union and National Policymaking

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Democracy in Europe

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the EU’s policymaking processes in comparison with national processes. It then outlines the EU’s impact on the macro patterns of its member-states’ national policymaking and its impact on the micro patterns of member-states’ sectoral policymaking. This is followed by an extensive illustration of both macro and micro patterns of policymaking in France, Britain, Germany, and Italy. Although Europeanization has been equally (although differently) disruptive to the statist patterns of policymaking of France and of Britain, Britain has had a harder time accepting EU-related changes but an easier time in influencing their formulation. Europeanization has yet again been least disruptive to Germany’s corporatist and legalistic patterns of policymaking, and most salutary to those of Italy, by reinforcing corporatism while denying clientelism.

Keywords:   EU, policymaking, member-states, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Europeanization, statist system, corporatist system

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