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    Book Review: Which Policy for Europe? Power and Conflict Inside the European Commission by Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh

Book Review: Which Policy for Europe? Power and Conflict Inside the European Commission by Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh

This book is based on comprehensive new data from insider interviews, internal Commission documents, and a database of personal and structural Commission features. It aims to uncover the dynamics of policymaking within the Commission, and the internal negotiations which shape Commission decisions. Muireann O’Dwyer finds the book to be a rigorous and timely contribution to research on the Commission’s […]

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    No longer an ivory tower: How public debates influence European Commission policies

No longer an ivory tower: How public debates influence European Commission policies

The European Commission is often criticised for being too distant from EU citizens and for proposing policies without adequately taking on board the views of ordinary people. But how accurate is this criticism in reality? Drawing on recent research, Christian Rauh argues that the Commission is far more responsive to public opinion than is commonly recognised.

In Eurosceptic discourses, ‘Brussels’ […]

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    Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Conflict inside the European Commission is a key factor in shaping EU legislation

Why does the European Commission at times propose legislative drafts that provoke Member State opposition, that introduce strikingly high or low standards, or that actively contradict each other? Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz and Christian Rauh present findings from a study of 48 legislative drafting processes. They argue that while the Commission is often thought of as a unified actor, […]

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The EU’s attempts to manage air transport regulation illustrate the extent to which supranational actors can send credible signals to financial markets

How can European policymakers send credible signals to financial markets? Christian Rauh traces market responses to the announcements and events during the Commission’s nine-year conflict for competences in international air transport regulation. He finds that judicial strategies and European Court of Justice proceedings sent the most credible signals for regulatory change to financial markets, adding evidence to ‘institutionalist’ views of […]

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    Russia is facing a pension dilemma as the country goes to the polls

Russia is facing a pension dilemma as the country goes to the polls

Russia is due to hold parliamentary elections on 18 September. To coincide with the elections, we will be running a number of articles on Russian politics and society. In this contribution, Aadne Aasland and Linda Cook outline one of the key challenges facing Russian policymakers: the management of the country’s pension system. While the Russian government is wary of […]

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