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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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Organizing Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap?

Organizing Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap?

Cross-Sectoral (Non-) Coordination in the European Union

(p.181) 11 Organizing Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap?
The EU's Decision Traps

Miriam Hartlapp

Oxford University Press

How are decisions coordinated across sectors in the EU political system? Frequently, more cross-sectoral coordination is seen as increasing the number of veto players, thus increasing the likelihood of blockages and lowest common denominator solutions. It is for this reason that historically low cross-sectoral coordination in the EU political system is often believed to facilitate decisions. This chapter explores actual coordination processes in the European Commission and Council and finds that, over time, the organization of cross-sectoral coordination has increased. Combining procedural knowledge with case study insight on legal acts such as the Liberalization of Services Directive or the REACH Directive, it challenges the view that these developments necessarily lead to a joint-decision trap. When used strategically, cross-policy coordination can also yield exit, because it allows certain actors to influence who becomes a veto-player and/or to move a decision horizontally or vertically into an arena favourable to the desired outcome.

Keywords:   cross-sectoral coordination, veto player, decision arena, Commission, Council, Liberalization of Services Directive, REACH

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