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Sevin S. Andersen, Kjell A. Eliassen & Nick Sitter

In: Making Policy in Europe

Chapter 2: Formal Processes: EU Institutions and Actors

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Formal Processes: EU Institutions and Actors
Formal processes: EU institutions and actors
Sevin S.Andersen, Kjell A.Eliassen and NickSitter

Do institutions matter? March and Olsen's (1984) question has been answered in the affirmative as institutions have drawn increasing academic attention over the last decade. This has generated a considerable literature that analyses the European Union's institutions as more than merely a framework or arena for negotiation between member states. The classical approach to EU institutions, focusing on their functions, competencies and relationships with each other and the member states, has been supplemented by focus on the organization of the EU institutions, their internal differentiation and specialization, the dynamics of institutional change, and co-operation, control and competition between them.

This development has entailed increased use of comparative politics in analyses ...

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