How bureaucratic élites imagine Europe: towards convergence of governance beliefs?

Claudio M. Radaelli, Karl O'Connor

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Does the emerging parallel Community administration share a common set of beliefs about governance and the broad policy direction of European integration? Or do different policy arenas, institutions, and types of committees shape governance beliefs? This article compares original evidence from two policy areas, that is, better regulation and direct corporate taxation. Within economic policies, these two sectors provide the most dissimilar cases in terms of conflict around institutions, the purpose of EU-level co-ordination, and the distribution of pay-offs among the member states. We use the ‘most dissimilar cases’ strategy to probe hypotheses about (a) common governance beliefs, (b) the influence of policy-level variables on beliefs, and (c) the role played by the EU institutions, namely Council and Commission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-989
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number7
Early online date30 Sep 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • EU
  • governance
  • European integration
  • economic policies


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