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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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Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration?

Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration?

Studying Justice and Home Affairs

(p.145) 9 Increased Differentiation as an Engine for Integration?
The EU's Decision Traps

Florian Trauner

Oxford University Press

This chapter maintains that the transition of formal decision rule to the Community method, in combination with a high acceptance of conflict-minimizing special arrangements for cooperation-reluctant member states, has been at the centre of the EU's efforts to mitigate problems associated with the joint-decision trap in the field of justice and home affairs. The role of supranational actors in undermining veto players' positions has been less influential than in other policies, although it has evolved with the entering into force of the new decision rules. Using the Prüm Process of police data sharing as a case study, the analysis illustrates how a group of member states managed to escape from a particular decision-making blockade by promoting an enhanced form of cooperation outside the EU's legal framework.

Keywords:   justice and home affairs, joint decision-making, political opportunity structure, problem-solving gaps, differentiation, Prüm Process

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