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The Joint-Decision Trap: Comparing EU Policies

abstract The observation that policy-making in multi-level systems often requires the involvement of a variety of actors at the different phases of the policy process has attracted much scholarly attention. One of the most interesting findings in this realm is that joint decision-making tends to be trapped. The European Union with its distinguished multi-level and multi-arena institutional set-up seems particularly prone to this dilemma of joint decision-making and is frequently plagued by blockages and policy failure. The joint-decision trap, its negative effects, and its "exits," are subject to numerous studies. So far, however, there is no systematic analysis of these phenomena across policy-fields. In filling exactly this gap, the project aims to make a significant contribution to contemporary research on European integration.
   
keywords European Integration
   
partner Gerda Falkner (Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
type other project type
status ongoing
start of project 2010
end of project 2011
additional informations
topics Policy-making in multi-level systems, European integration
methods Case Study
contact Cornelia Kappeler