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Title: The Commission, the Single Market and the Crisis: The Limits of Purposeful Opportunism
Authors: Camisão, Isabel
Guimarães, Maria Helena
Keywords: European Commission
single market
purposeful opportunism
issue salience
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Citation: Camisão, I., and Guimarães, M. H. (2016) The Commission, the Single Market and the Crisis: The Limits of Purposeful Opportunism. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, doi: 10.1111/jcms.12464.
Abstract: The economic and financial crisis opened a window of opportunity to place the Single Market back on top of the European agenda as part of a two-tiered crisis response, which also included reinforced financial supervision and economic co-ordination. We argue that the Commission acted as a ‘purposeful opportunist’ in both tiers; but whereas in economic governance issues there was breakthrough change in the Commission's achievements and competences, in the Single Market realm policy change was fairly modest. Using process tracing analysis our goal is to explain why the Commission did not succeed in furthering a genuine Single Market reform. Our findings suggest that the Commission's entrepreneurship was constrained by the limited salience of Single Market issues in the crisis context and by the lack of actual political commitment from the other relevant stakeholders. Thus, our research highlights the limits of the Commission's opportunistic behaviour in less advantageous circumstances.
ISSN: 1468-5965
Type: article
Appears in Collections:ECN - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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