Singing from the same hymn sheet?
Evaluating adaptation strategy
in Managing Europe from home
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This chapter takes the analysis of change within national policy-making processes a stage further by addressing the question: how can we evaluate the impact of adaptation on the capacity of the UK and Ireland to coordinate and project national European policy? It compares and critically evaluates the relative strengths and weaknesses of the reform strategies pursed by Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern by analysing the capacity of the UK and Irish networks to coordinate European Union (EU) policy, and by assessing the extent to which this changed after 1997. Using the simplified Guttman scale of coordination, the analysis focuses on four levels of coordination in particular: exchanging information and consultation; avoidance of divergence and the search for agreement; arbitration of differences and central oversight; and the establishment of priorities and formulating strategies. On the basis of the testimonies of policy practitioners from this time, the chapter examines the relative strengths and weaknesses of the UK and Irish networks to coordinate EU policy at each level.

Managing Europe from home

The changing face of European policy making under Blair and Ahern

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