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Institutional limits of a 'Europe with the regions': EC state-aid control meets German federalism

Thielemann, Eiko R. (1999) Institutional limits of a 'Europe with the regions': EC state-aid control meets German federalism. Journal of European Public Policy, 6 (3). pp. 399-418. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/135017699343595


Recent research on European integration has taken a fresh interest in the role of institutions in the policy process. Whereas much of the new institutionalist writing on the European Union (EU) has been very actor-centred, this article takes a more sociological approach that views institutions as the context in which actors are embedded. By shaping actors' expectations and giving legitimacy to certain groups, institutional context affects both policy process and outcomes. A case study of state-aid payments by Saxony to Volkswagen supports the hypothesis that, in order to explain tensions between the Commission and the German authorities in the state-aid field, one needs to complement actor-centred analysis by looking at broader incompatibilities between the institutional logics of Germany's co-operative federalism and centralized decision-making structures in the EU.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Routledge
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 15:28
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2024 00:08

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