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The Deadlock that never Happened: the Impact of Enlargement on the Common Foreign and Security Policy Council Working Groups


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  • Ana E. Juncos
  • Karolina Pomorska

    (Loughborough University)

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    Contrary to some previous assumptions, the enlargement did not halt the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) decision-making process in a substantial way. Rather it changed the dynamics within the working environment, preserving the importance of consensus-building practices in the Council working groups. The aim of this article is twofold. First, it tracks the changes that the recent enlargement caused in the working practices of the Council working groups. It also attempts to assess the adaptation processes of the new member states to the work in the Council working groups and pinpoint the main challenges that their administrative systems were faced with.

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    Article provided by European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium in its journal European Political Economy Review.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2007)
    Issue (Month): March ()
    Pages: 4-30

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    Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:6:y:2007:i:march:p:4-30

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    Keywords: Council working groups; CFSP; enlargement; committee governance; informal rules; socialisation; adaptation; code of conduct;

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    1. Beyers, Jan, 2005. "Multiple Embeddedness and Socialization in Europe: The Case of Council Officials," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 59(04), pages 899-936, October.
    2. Checkel, Jeffrey T., 2005. "International Institutions and Socialization in Europe: Introduction and Framework," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 59(04), pages 801-826, October.
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