The Commission, the Single Market and the Crisis: The Limits of Purposeful Opportunism

  title={The Commission, the Single Market and the Crisis: The Limits of Purposeful Opportunism},
  author={Isabel Camis{\~a}o and Maria Helena Guimar{\~a}es},
  journal={PSN: Public Policy in the European Union (Topic)},
The economic and financial crisis opened a window of opportunity to place the Single Market back on top of the European agenda as part of a two-tiered crisis response, which also included reinforced financial supervision and economic co-ordination. We argue that the Commission acted as a ‘purposeful opportunist’ in both tiers; but whereas in economic governance issues there was breakthrough change in the Commission's achievements and competences, in the Single Market realm policy change was… 

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