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Explaining European integration: The tactics and influence of the European Commission in the development of the common regional policy, 1975--1999

Posted on:2003-05-11Degree:Ph.DType:Dissertation
University:Loyola University ChicagoCandidate:Wozniak Boyle, Jennifer RFull Text:PDF
GTID:1466390011978214Subject:Political science
This dissertation examines the development of regional policy in the European Union across the six regional policy reforms (1975, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1993, and 1999) in order to determine the Commission's influence in European integration. In pursuit of this central objective, the dissertation elaborates a multi-level governance approach to European integration which includes a specification of Commission resources; and tests the applicability of this approach in comparison with the intergovernmentalist approach. The examination is both process- and results-oriented. The process-oriented analysis entails appraising intergovernmentalist and multi-level governance hypotheses concerning the roles of Commission and member state preferences and tactics within and across the initiation, negotiation and implementation of the reforms. The results-oriented analyses involve evaluating intergovernmentalist and multi-level governance hypotheses concerning: the relationship between Commission and member state preferences and tactics (independent variables) and the integrative value of a reform (dependent variable); and their hypotheses concerning Commission influence.
Keywords/Search Tags:Regional policy, European, Commission, Tactics, Influence, Hypotheses concerning
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