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Which Policy for Europe?Power and Conflict inside the European Commission$
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Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688036.001.0001

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Intersection of Social and Common Market Policies

Intersection of Social and Common Market Policies

(p.59) 5 Intersection of Social and Common Market Policies
Which Policy for Europe?

Miriam Hartlapp

Julia Metz

Christian Rauh

Oxford University Press

The chapter analyses 16 position-formation processes at the intersection of common market and social policies. Despite differing policy challenges, the resulting proposals are compatible with the common market project. The extant acquis and implementation experience were relevant in all cases. Financial services and public procurement policies were driven by expertise, international, and national templates and remained uncontroversial inside the Commission. But these cases involved some of the strongest internal battles. The lead DG EMPL pursued an ideological position on anti-discrimination and far-reaching regulatory leaps were secured by strategic alliances with other DGs or organized interests. Tensions between market freedoms and national welfare solutions—as e.g. in the liberalization of services and cross-border healthcare directives—spurred conflict among DGs EMPL, MARKT, and SANCO. The combination of strong member-state interests and internal portfolio conflicts required different strategies: sectoral problem-solving, strategic subterfuge, and incremental muddling through were used to achieve proposal adoption.

Keywords:   provision of services, right of establishment, anti-discrimination, liberalization of services, cross-border healthcare, DG EMPL, DG MARKT, DG ENTR, DG SANCO, ideological position

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