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Setting the Scene: History of a Competence and Analytical Framework

  • Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Abstract

This chapter describes how the most sovereign competence of all; immigration, became an EU competence with the completion of the single market and the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. It draws from the historical development of the EU policy on immigration and integration to underline the importance of actors and their interactions within specific institutional settings. On this basis, the second part of this chapter elaborates on Scharpf’s actor-centred institutionalism and provides analytical and theoretical insights helpful to understand the argument this book develops throughout. Namely, it insists on the role of rules, the effects of unanimity decision-making, the relationship between principals and agents, and the nexus between politics and policies.

Keywords

Actor-centred institutionalism Actor constellations Composite actor Aggregate actor Schengen AFSJ Immigration policy Unanimity Delegation Policy instruments Institutions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
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  1. 1.Fondazione ISMU and University of MilanMilanItaly

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