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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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Informal Accords and Legislative Politics

Informal Accords and Legislative Politics

(p.186) 7 Informal Accords and Legislative Politics
Integrating Europe

Jeffrey Stacey (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines all informal accords of a noneconomic nature which nonetheless have had a marked impact on interorganizational relations in the EU, that is, the standard, procedural, and substantive types of accords (but few if any of the basic type). An attempt is made to discuss these political accords in terms of the formal legislative procedure that either necessitated their creation or with which they are most closely associated by EU practitioners. In each case they are analyzed briefly in relation to the overall argument namely that the dynamics of informal interorganizational agreements involve both institutionalization (a reinforcement of the status quo organizational balance) and integration (a redistribution of policy‐making power and influence). Informal accords have grown in number and significance over time, though not always in parallel to concomitant activity in the formal sphere.

Keywords:   informal accords, political accords, legislative politics, institutionalization, integration

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