European integration and consensus politics in the Low Countries
Edited by Hans Vollaard, Jan Beyers, Patrick Dumont
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Series: Europe and the Nation State
Much of the empirical research on Europeanization that has mainly focused on the larger member states, and tends to ignore that most Europeans live in small states and that most of the EU member-states are small states.
This book investigates how the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, respond to European integration and how their response is shaped by the consensual nature of their political institutions. European integration was a politically uncontested issue in the Low Countries, but their harmonious relationship with the EU has changed substantially. In this book, the authors focus not only on Europeanization, but also explore whether and how European integration may gradually undermine the prerequisites of consensus politics in the Low Countries. Drawing on consociationalism and Europeanization research they adopt a bottom-up analysis beginning with a set of policy areas, actors and venues and elaborating on how these have developed during the past two decades.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European studies, European integration, European law, political science, European political economy and comparative politics.
1. Introduction: Europeanization of consensus politics in the Low Countries Jan Beyers, Hans Vollaard and Patrick Dumont Part 1: Europeanization of consensus politics: institutions and actors 2. Has legislation and parliamentary control become more or less consensual due to European integration? Patrick Dumont and Arco Timmermans 3. What impact does European integration have on the relationship between the executive and the legislature? Patrick Dumont and Arco Timmermans 4. Has inter-party competition and intra-party organization become more or less consensual due to European integration? Benoit Rihoux and Ruud Koole 5. Does European integration foster de-politicization through the courts? Patricia Poppelier and Wim Voermans 6. Does European integration make domestic bureaucratic politics more or less consensual? Caelesta Braun-Poppelaars and Caspar van den Berg 7. Does European integration foster the inclusion of interest groups in decision-making? Markus Haverland and Jan Beyers 8. Does European integration enables or constrains consensual politics in intergovernmental relations between the central state and regions, communities, provinces, and municipalities? Peter Bursens and Arjan Schakel Part 2: Europeanization of consensus politics: key domains 9. Have ratifications of EU Treaties become more or less consensual? Joop van Holsteyn and Philippe Poirier 10. Has the day-to-day coordination of EU policies become more or less consensual? Peter Bursens, Robert Harmsen and Mendeltje van Keulen 11. The political economy of the Low Countries: still the age of neo-corporatism? Barbara Vis and Jaap Woldendorp 12. Have European integration fostered or undermined consensus politics on the issues of migration and integration? Maarten Vink, Saskia Bonjour and Ilke Adam 13. Conclusion Rudy Andeweg
Hans Vollaard is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
Jan Beyers is Professor of Political Science and the Director of Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics at Antwerp University, Belgium. He is also Visiting Research Professor at Agder University (Norway) and Senior Member of the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG).
Patrick Dumont is a researcher at the Université du Luxembourg, co-founder of the SEDEPE network with Keith Dowding, research associate to the Chair in parliamentary studies of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies and member of the Comparative Politics Centre of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve.