Explaining Institutional Change in Europe

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Conclusion: Explaining Institutional Change
in Europe… and Beyond

This book set out to raise questions about the causes, processes, and outcomes of institutional change in the European Union. Different theories were presented and discussed that focus on different causes and processes of institutional change. None of these theories claims to account for institutional change under any and all circumstances. Rather, the explanatory power of a particular theory comes to bear under particular scope conditions typical for the context in which the change takes place and typical for the object of change. The change of institutional rules in the European Union occurs under relatively clear-cut circumstances and the objectives of change are relatively well defined, the number of actors is limited, they interact frequently and are expected to do so well into the future. These circumstances are reflected in the assumptions of the theories which have been discussed to account for institutional change, that is rationalist institutionalist theories.

In discussing the different theories a number of perspectives were taken that may be helpful in viewing institutional change over a longer period of time: The first perspective relates to the underlying process of change and its theorization. Is the process of change triggered by exogenous factors or endogenous factors? What drives the change? How do different types of changes link over time and add up to typical sequences? From a 'structural' perspective the question has been raised whether the change cuts across different levels and arenas of institutional rule-making and what types of actors are involved in the process of change. These two perspectives describe the process and structure of institutional change.

In the empirical part, the empirical stories of change of important decisionmaking rules in Europe were scrutinized through the lenses of the theories discussed in the first chapter. The question raised was: considering the empirical development of this particular rule, which theoretical interpretation(s) of change discussed in the third chapter has or have most explanatory traction to account for what happened in the instance of this particular rule development? The five institutional rules that were studied are not representative in the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Tables x
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • 2: Plan of the Book 3
  • 3: Theories of Institutional Change 5
  • 4: Empirical Cases 67
  • 5: Conclusion 228
  • References 247
  • Index 265
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