Vertical networking
Redistributing strategic resources
in Managing Europe from home
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This chapter explores the more fluid and dynamic ‘vertical’ dimension of networking: the redistribution of strategic resources between network players. At a general level, the basic relationship that exists across both the UK and Ireland remained relatively stable since formation. Departmental players rely upon network managers to: distil their preferences into a single negotiating position (the Cabinet Office/DFA); for European Union (EU) expertise and lobbying activity in other member states (the FCO/DFA); for direct access to Brussels (UKRep/PRI); for sources of funding (the Treasury/Department of Finance); and for strategic direction (PMO-Cabinet Office/DT). The traditional balance of power between network managers became increasingly asymmetrical between 1997 and 2007. Although their role remained complementary to the extent that they had to pool their limited resources, wider developments contributed to a redistribution of strategic resources and therefore the reshaping of internal patterns of power dependency. This chapter concludes that adaptation of vertical networking within the EU network was much greater in the UK than in Ireland.

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