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The Council of the EU in times of economic crisis: Policy entrepreneur for the internal market
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (European Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9664-1456
2019 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary European Research, ISSN 1815-347X, E-ISSN 1815-347X, ISSN 1815-347XArticle in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

While many studies have focused on the European Commission and its potential to act as a policy entrepreneur, scant research has been undertaken into how intergovernmental institutions as a whole are able to shape and advocate certain policies. This paper fills that gap by analysing the Council of the EU debates on two major European Union strategies, namely the Small Business Act for Europe and the Europe 2020 strategy.

The debates were analysed on the basis of newspaper articles in the daily bulletins of Agence Europe, and the 469 statements identified were qualitatively evaluated by means of content analysis. The results demonstrate that the Council as a whole is able to act as a policy entrepreneur if certain conditions are met, namely a common interest and political goal among member states, a need for economic measures due to a crisis situation, and the possibility of shifting unpopular decisions to Brussels.

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2019.
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European integration, EU institutions, Council of the EU, economic crisis, policy entrepreneur, internal market
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89984OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89984DiVA, id: diva2:1368934
Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-11-08 Last updated: 2019-11-08

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