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Council of Ministers and European Council  

Jeffrey Lewis

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Aug 2012
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Jan 2013
The EU's Council system is designed to represent national interests and make joint decisions. Descriptively, the Council is a composite organization of committee governance made up of ... More

The European Parliament  

Tapio Raunio

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Aug 2012
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Jan 2013
Initially a purely consultative body with members seconded from national parliaments, the European Parliament is now vested with significant legislative, control, and budgetary powers. It ... More

European Union Agencies  

R. Daniel Kelemen

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Aug 2012
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Jan 2013
This article explores two sets of questions concerning EU agencies – questions concerning their origins and their impact. First, why were EU agencies created and how did politics influence ... More

The French Way to Multi-Level Governance: governance with government  

Gilles Pinson

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Nov 2016
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Jan 2017
Originally emerging from the field of EU studies, the notion and approach of multi-level governance (MLG) have progressively been transferred to a variety of other subfields. This chapter ... More

Institutions and Policy Networks in Europe  

Manuel Fischer

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2016
This chapter reviews the European literature on institutions and policy networks. Institutions provide actors with opportunities and constraints for negotiation and cooperation and thus ... More

Interest Groups: moving beyond state-centric models  

Darren McCauley

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Nov 2016
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Jan 2017
State-centric Anglo-American studies continue to dominate the interest group landscape (Baumgartner and Leech, 1998; Jordan and Maloney, 2007; Truman, 1951). As a commanding “outside-in” ... More

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