Business as Usual? EU Policy-Making Amid the Legitimacy Crisis (Inaugural Lecture)

Raddraaier, Amsterdam, June 2013

28 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2014

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Markus Haverland

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Faculty of Social Science

Date Written: June 7, 2013

Abstract

The European Union constitutes the most far reaching example of cooperation between nation states in the history of humankind, but public support is waning. The former “permissive consensus” of policy-making has made room for politicisation. Research has found evidence that politicisation matters for treaty negotiations. Member state governments are constrained by domestic opposition when negotiating further steps of integration. This inaugural lecture analyses these developments and formulates a new research agenda focusing on day-to-day policy-making processes. Does politicisation also matter for agenda setting, decision-making and implementation “below” the level of treaty negotiations, at the level of directives and regulations? Has, for instance, public opinion started to make a difference in these parts of the policy process, or is it still business as usual? Are policy-processes still technocratic and depoliticised, driven by policy experts from the Commission, national governments and interest groups and isolated from the wider public? If not, in what ways has public opinion begun to matter in everyday EU public policy?

Keywords: European Union, legitimacy, citizens, policy-making, public support, politicisation

JEL Classification: D73, D78, H11, Q19

Suggested Citation

Haverland, Markus, Business as Usual? EU Policy-Making Amid the Legitimacy Crisis (Inaugural Lecture) (June 7, 2013). Raddraaier, Amsterdam, June 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380673

Markus Haverland (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Faculty of Social Science ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

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