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Converging Pathways- Itinerarios Cruzados

Spain and the European Integration Process- España y el proceso de construcción europea

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Edited By Cristina Blanco-Sío Lopez and Susana Muñoz

Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments. Spain: An amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. This monograph aims to analyse the vectors and degrees of convergence, the cohesion factors and the changing paradigms of the relation between both in a context marked by crisis and questioning. The key question in this realm is: Do they still revolve around converging pathways? The answer implies, at once, conscious mirrors and new determinations.
Europa: Fruto de una construcción que superó muchas de las sombras de su pasado por medio de la transformación de numerosos muros, prejuicios y confl ictos en puentes de cooperación y en desarrollos mutuamente enriquecedores. España: Una amalgama de tensiones creativas, ideas revolucionarias, horizontes sucesivamente frustrados y reconquistados y esperanzas por las que se lucha largamente. Esta obra tiene por objetivo analizar los vectores y grados de convergencia, los factores de cohesión y los paradigmas cambiantes de la relación entre ambas en un contexto de crisis y cuestionamiento. La pregunta clave en este sentido es: ¿Gravitan todavía en torno a itinerarios cruzados? La respuesta implica, a un tiempo, reflejos conscientes y nuevas determinaciones.
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What Spain Does When Spain Cares. Bureaucracy, Preference Formation and Interest Representation in EU Policy Making: (María Martín de Almagro and Scott L. Greer)

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Bureaucracy, Preference Formation and Interest Representation in EU Policy Making

Maria MARTÍN DE ALMAGRO and Scott L. GREER

Researcher, Erasmus Mundus Fellow of the GEM PhD School in Europeanisation, ULB and LUISS Guido CarliandAssociate Professor, University of Michigan

1. Introduction

The EU shapes policy and politics in all the Member States, but its Member States shape the Union. This makes EU political engagement essential for states that want to influence policy and negotiations at EU level. Spain is no exception to the importance of EU engagement; important Spanish policies come from or are shaped by Brussels, and so there is a strong case for Spanish engagement in all levels of EU policy-making1.

How does Spain engage, and how effective might Spain be? The comparative literature on member states’ EU engagement techniques is relatively small2. The literature on Spain’s engagement is smaller still3 ← 99 | 100 → and mostly confined to chapters in general collections about member states in the EU4.

This literature reveals some divergence. Many scholars argue that Spain, as a medium-size state, has been able to influence not only the outcome of Council negotiations and the delivery of new pieces of legislation, but that has also set the agenda, putting Spanish domestic priorities at the center of EU politics5. In general, it has shown considerable skills at “high politics”6. But others are more skeptical. First, they...

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