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The EU's Decision TrapsComparing Policies$
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Gerda Falkner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596225.001.0001

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Introduction: The EU's Decision Traps and their Exits

Introduction: The EU's Decision Traps and their Exits

A Concept for Comparative Analysis

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The EU's Decision Traps and their Exits
The EU's Decision Traps

Gerda Falkner

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter outlines the conceptual tools used throughout the volume. It presents, in brief, the original model of the joint-decision trap and the developments that ensued after its conception. It extends the realm of the debate by highlighting further forms of EU decision traps, working outside the joint-decision mode under the Community method, such as in intergovernmental negotiations or supranational-hierarchical decisions. As a basis for the subsequent cross-policy study, various mechanisms to exit decision traps or to countervail their effects are discussed in depth. The chapter concludes by highlighting the overall importance of such analyses for European integration theory and outlining the research design and the chapter arrangement of the book.

Keywords:   integration theory, modes of EU decision-making, EU decision traps, joint-decision trap, research design

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