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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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In and Out of EU Decision Traps

In and Out of EU Decision Traps

Comparative Perspectives

(p.237) 14 In and Out of EU Decision Traps
The EU's Decision Traps

Gerda Falkner

Oxford University Press

The book's concluding chapter offers a metalevel analysis, revisiting each of the mechanisms that may facilitate an exit from the EU's joint-decision trap or similar pitfalls. The findings show that the most potent mechanisms are supranational-hierarchical actions taken by the European Court of Justice or the European Commission that bypass the political arena. Also important are Treaty base games, arena shifting, and nudging the Council into agreement via changes to opportunity structures. This chapter ranks these mechanisms by availability in various policy areas, propensity to overcome veto players, and degree to which decision-makers and further practitioners of European integration can purposefully make use of them. The book concludes by discussing if and when the exits from the EU's decision traps do in fact serve as problem-solving vehicles for the policies concerned and how new challenges may arise as secondary effects.

Keywords:   EU decision traps, joint-decision trap, court-decision trap, problem-solving capacity, EU policies, European Court of Justice

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