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The New IntergovernmentalismStates and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era$
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Christopher J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703617.001.0001

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Integrating in Justice and Home Affairs

Integrating in Justice and Home Affairs

A Case of New Intergovernmentalism Par Excellence?

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The New Intergovernmentalism

Sarah Wolff

Oxford University Press

European integration in Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) since the Maastricht Treaty is often imagined as a process of communautarization. This chapter argues that in spite of this characterization, the governance of JHA shares many features with the new intergovernmentalism. Similarities involve the leadership role of the European Council, the development of new flexible modes of governance as well as the rise of informality in co-decision. Much of what passes as closer integration in JHA is aimed at coordinating increasingly national resources around a set of elite and practitioner-driven networks. Furthermore, in spite of the increased polarization and politicization fostered by the European Parliament, the concern of JHA agencies as de novo institutions is overwhelmingly with that of ‘operationalization’, with the effect of de-politicizing issues that remain contentious at the national level.

Keywords:   European Union, integration theory, new intergovernmentalism, justice and home affairs, European Council, de novo institutions, informal early agreements

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