By S. Princen

Why does the european care for a few matters yet no longer others? this can be the primary query of this publication devoted to agenda-setting methods within the european. via a comparability of ecu and US coverage agendas and the research of 4 case reports in environmental and healthiness coverage, this ebook deals a brand new realizing of ways coverage concerns come onto the european time table.

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1996: 12). A good example of this process were the pleas by the German and French governments for a minimum corporate tax rate throughout the EU, due to their fear that firms would relocate to low-tax countries. Similar considerations, whether openly or as hidden motives, may lie behind the support from governments and firms for EU-wide standards in other fields. Finally, some groups and officials may want to internationalize a policy out of idealistic or missionary considerations, because they believe that people in other countries would benefit from that policy or, in a stronger form, because they believe that those policies represent universal rights that people should enjoy, regardless of their nationality.

For example, just as actors may try to shift an issue from the president to the US Congress or from one congressional committee to another, they may seek also to shift an issue from the national to the European (or even global) level in order to have their preferred policy adopted (Guiraudon 2000; Pralle 2003). Additionally, venue shopping is relevant in relation to different international organizations or institutions within the EU. Actors that want to place an issue onto the international agenda have a choice between a range of venues that typically bring different views to bear on the issue.

Yet problems arise for any prospective agenda setter when the issue has to spread to a wider range of decision-makers, since there are many of them and the EU’s decision-making procedures create a relatively large number of ‘veto players’ that can block a proposal at some point in the process. In this regard, Peters draws a stark contrast between the ease of gaining agenda access and the difficulty of decision-making and implementation. However, arguably the EU’s demanding decision-making rules also exert an influence on agenda-setting.

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