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The Institutionalisation of EU-US relations: decision making, institution building and the new transatlantic agenda

Steffenson, Becky J. (2001) The Institutionalisation of EU-US relations: decision making, institution building and the new transatlantic agenda. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis represents an attempt to make an original contribution to knowledge about transatlantic institutions and transatlantic governance. It investigates attempts in the 1990s to foster a 'new transatlantic dialogue' between the EU and the US, through three bilateral agreements: the Transatlantic Declaration (1990), the New Transatlantic Agenda (1995) and the Transatlantic Economic Partnership (1998). The thesis questions whether and to what extent the relationship has been institutionalised into a structure for transatlantic governance, and how the composition of transatlantic institutions impacts the way the transatlantic actors govern. Consideration is given to both 'who' governs in transatlantic relations and 'how', as evidence is sought to prove or disprove the claim that a decentralisation of decision-making powers has resulted in 'policy setting' and 'policy shaping' by lower level civil servants and non-state actors participating in transgovernmental and transnational institutions. Three policy sectors-the EU-US anti-trafficking in women campaigns, the EU-US Mutual Recognition Agreements and the EU-US banana dispute-serve as case studies for the transatlantic policy process.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not Known
Date of Award: 2001
Depositing User: Elaine Ballantyne
Unique ID: glathesis:2001-2232
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:53
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2232

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