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(p. 105) 6. Policy Networks 

(p. 105) 6. Policy Networks
(p. 105) 6. Policy Networks

John Peterson

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date: 22 September 2020

This chapter examines the policy network approach to the analysis of European governance. The European Union has three primary features that lend itself to policy network analysis: the formidable power of the European Parliament (EP), EU’s status as an extraordinarily ‘differentiated polity’, and the fact that EU policy-making is underpinned by a complex labyrinth of committees that shape policy options before policies are ‘set’ by overtly political decisionmakers such as the EP. The chapter first traces the origins of policy network analysis before explaining the importance of policy networks for European integration. It then considers a host of criticisms levelled against policy network analysis and the application of the approach to Eurojust and the European Judicial Network. It also shows how policy network analysis might help us to shed light on the EU after its radical enlargement and concludes by reflecting on the future of policy network analysis.

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