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The ecu Union has a big impact at the govt and rules of its member states. it's therefore spectacular that the ways that nationwide governments try to form european regulations is a subject heavily understudied. This publication discusses appropriate educational insights and provides a framework for analysing nationwide curiosity illustration. The empirical half discusses the ecu coverage of the Dutch executive through the Nineteen Nineties and offers a reconstuction of the negotiations on inner marketplace directives. It thereby deals either for lecturers and practitioners a transparent oversight of the making of ecu poliices and the suitable moments and tools for nationwide curiosity illustration.

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There, the preferences emerging from domestic conflict are expected to be consistently and coherently represented at the EU level by government executives. But the findings are contradictory. First, if the central claims of intergovernmentalism ring true, 29 Going Europe or Going Dutch the survey results would show a prominent and continuing allegiance of national government officials to their national government. However, the data demonstrate, in contrast, how a gradual ‘supranationalisation’ of loyalties can be witnessed and that a considerable proportion of the officials involved in the survey feels loyal to the committees in which they participate.

More recent analyses see interests as more variable and dynamic. An appealing picture of how interests are formed by the constant process of interaction between the international and the national level is offered by ‘two-level games’. In this analogy of international relations as simultaneous 9) Eurosclerosis refers to the stagnation of the policy process in the 1970s as a result of political tensions and economic recession (Dinan 2005, 69). 25 Going Europe or Going Dutch chess games, national representatives act on two tables: the domestic and international (Putnam 1988, Evans et al.

Although multi-level governance has rightfully been called a ‘compelling metaphor’ (Rosamond 2000), it remains covert what this new situation (interdependency of actors; interaction within and between networks) it so adequately describes implies for the ability of national governments to formulate new EU policies. Have governments, confronted with a new situation of complexity and multi-actorness, only lost out, or are new opportunities present? Before this new ‘opportunity-structure’ is discussed in more detail, this review of newer EU studies is complemented with a second mainstream: Europeanisation studies.

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