Italy in the European Union

Italy in the European Union
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Redefining National Interest in a Compound Polity
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461637943
Veröffentl:
2007
Seiten:
306
Autor:
Sergio Fabbrini
eBook Typ:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Based on an analytical evaluation of both the weaknesses and strengths of the Italian political systemItaly in the European Union is the first book to offer a detailed and comprehensive description of Italy's contribution to European Union policy-making across a wide range of policies. Combining empirical investigation and theoretical analysis, it functions on two levels: as a nuanced picture of Italy's role in the EU and as a study of the EU as it has been transformed by subsequent waves of enlargement.
Based on an analytical evaluation of both the weaknesses and strengths of the Italian political system, Italy in the European Union is the first book to offer a detailed and comprehensive description of Italy's contribution to European Union policy-making. The contributors to this volume systematically explore the role played by Italian institutional and noninstitutional actors in several decision-making processes. They show how Italian institutional actors define and promote national policy preferences that are compatible with those of the other European member states. However, the book functions on two levels: it is both a nuanced picture of Italy's role in the EU and a study of the EU as it has been transformed by subsequent waves of enlargement. In a compound polity of twenty-seven member states the formation of stable hegemonic coalitions is implausible—the concept of national interest, which still informs much of the literature on the EU, is logically and empirically unusable in many EU policy realms. Combining empirical investigation and theoretical analysis, this book is indispensable for scholars, students, and practitioners who study or observe Italian politics. It is also necessary for those who want to understand the transformation of European politics and the European Union's increasing development as a compound polity.

Contributions by: Marco Brunazzo, Maurizio Carbone, Sabrina Cavatorto, Vincent Della Sala, Alessia Donà, Sergio Fabbrini, Paolo Foradori, Giorgio Giraudi, Renata Lizzi, Simona Piattoni, Paolo Rosa, Stefano Sacchi, Alberta M. Sbragia, Daniela Sicurelli, and Luca Verzichelli
Introduction: Italy in the EU
Chapter 1: Italy and Agricultural Policy
Chapter 2: Italy and Regional Policy
Chapter 3: Italy and Regulatory Policy
Chapter 4: Italy and Food Safety Policy
Chapter 5: Italy and Equality Policy
Chapter 6: Italy and Macroeconomic Policy
Chapter 7: Italy and Social Policy
Chapter 8: Italy and Defense and Security Policy
Chapter 9: Italy and Foreign Aid Policy
Chapter 10: Italy and the Strategy of Political Appointment
Chapter 11: Italy and Constitutional Policy
Conclusion: A Post-National Interest Paradigm?

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