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The Social Construction of Europe
The article introduces constructivist approaches to research on European integration. While stressing middle-range theory, it recognizes that meta-theoretical choices also matter for theorizing and
A mapping of competitive priorities, manufacturing practices, and operational performance in groups of Danish manufacturing companies
A sample of 63 Danish companies is divided into four strategic groups. Each group represents a distinct manufacturing strategy. These strategic groups are then used to investigate relationships with
Intra-institutional politics and inter-institutional relations in the EU: towards coherent governance?
While the coherence of EU governance - or the lack of it - can be studied in a number of different arenas, this article focuses on the EU level rather than on relations between EU institutions and
Tensions of European governance: politicized bureaucracy and multiple accountability in the European Commission
The article proposes a neo-institutionalist perspective on the European Commission based on two lines of internal conflict: the Commission's need to be accountable simultaneously to the member states
Second Thoughts on Europe's “Third Level”: The European Union's Committee of the Regions
The Maastricht Treaty provided for a consultative Committee of the Regions to bring the European Union's "third level" into the deliberation of legislation. It began to operate in early 1994. This
After the Spitzenkandidaten: fundamental change in the EU’s political system?
Abstract The appointment of the President of the European Commission in 2014 occurred in the context of a novel environment: in constitutional terms, the Lisbon Treaty had introduced a small but
After Lisbon: National Parliaments in the European Union
The role of national parliaments in EU matters has become an important subject in the debate over the democratic legitimacy of European Union decision-making. Strengthening parliamentary scrutiny and
The role of supranational actors in EU treaty reform
Treaty reform, traditionally seen as the preserve of national governments, nevertheless involves supranational actors to a significant degree. This article, having re-conceptualized treaty reform as
Fuzzy Politics Around Fuzzy Borders: The European Union's `Near Abroad'
The external borders of the European Union (EU) are becoming increasingly difficult to delineate as it exports policies to states beyond its own membership. While the EU possesses a clearly defined
At a critical juncture? Change and continuity in the institutional development of the council secretariat
This article provides a historical institutionalist perspective on the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers–an institution that has expanded significantly over the course of the