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Integrating EuropeInformal Politics and Institutional Change$
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Jeffrey Stacey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584765.001.0001

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Describing Informal Accords

Describing Informal Accords

(p.62) 3 Describing Informal Accords
Integrating Europe

Jeffrey Stacey (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter sheds greater light on informal accords, bringing them in from the scholarly shadows. The first section delves into what it is about the EU that allowed the informal sphere to develop and shows how informal accords fit into the EU institutional architecture. The next section describes the form and function of informal accords, presenting a basic typology of four different types of accords. The third section examines the sources of informal accords, while the fourth explores the legal base of informal accords which is typically assumed to be completely lacking. The chapter's fifth section illuminates the critical role of the Parliament's “Rules of Procedure,” which presages the final section's focus on the origin of the Parliament's political strategy with regard to the EU's informal interorganizational dynamics.

Keywords:   informal interorganizational dynamics, informal accords, basic accords, standard accords, procedural accords, substantive accords, legal base, soft law, political strategy

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