Title: Politics without Principals: National Trade Administrations and EU Trade Policy
Authors: Adriaensen, Johan
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2014
Table of Contents: Table of Contents
Lists of Tables
List of Figures
List of Acronyms
Introduction: Are some Member States more Equal than Others?
1. Endogenous information asymmetry and control
2. Research Design
3. Overview
Chapter 1: Member States in EU trade policy
1.1 The IPE of EU trade policy: rational-choice institutionalist perspective
1.1.1. From Member State Control to Commission Autonomy
1.1.2 Identifying the scope for progress
1.2 National administration in EU policies: a Comparative Public administration perspective
1.2.1 From describing the process to questioning its consequences
1.2.2 Limitations of Comparative Public Administration
1.3 Influence and control: negotiation theory
1.3.1 From the nature of interaction to individual MS punching weight
1.3.2 The questions unanswered
1.4 Filling the voids, reaping synergies
Chapter 2: Caught in a Collective? The Differential Impact of EU Member States within the Council
2.1 Introducing the Principal-Agent model
2.1.1 About delegation and control
2.1.2 Goal conflict and the scope for shirking
2.2 Twenty-eight principals or a single collective?
2.2.1 The Council: a Collective principal?
2.2.2 The Council as Multiple principals
2.3 Focusing on individual principals
2.3.1 From collective control to control as signalling
2.3.2 Endogenous Information asymmetry
2.4 Conclusion
Chapter 3: Conceptual Framework
3.1 Administrative Capacity
3.1.1 Monitoring the Commission
3.1.2 Deriving a position
3.1.3 Divergences with classical PA-approaches
3.2 Different concepts of control
3.2.1 Reviewing the literature, classifying different proxies
3.2.2 Comparing indicators and the need for triangulation 3.3 The relation between administrative capacity and control
3.3.1 Configuration of administrative capacity and the propensity to signal
3.3.2 Endogeneity
3.4 Mixed method research design
Chapter 4: Member State Representation in the EU’s Trade Policy
4.1 The legal framework
4.1.1 Autonomous Trade Policy
4.1.2 International Negotiations
4.2 Exploring MS interaction with the Commission
4.2.1 Participating in the Council
4.2.2 Alternative paths to influence
4.2.3. Lest we forget the European Parliament
Chapter 5: Signalling Control
5.1 Signalling strategies
5.1.1 From negotiating strategies to signalling tactics
5.1.2 Exerting control as part of a hybrid principal
5.1.3 Signalling from a dynamic perspective
5.1.4 Resulting Survey Design
5.2 Data Collection
5.2.1 Sample-selection and response
5.2.2 Assessing data validity
5.3 Data Analysis
5.3.1 Signals of control
5.3.2 Is time of the essence? Signalling across the phases of the negotiation
The main findings
Chapter 6: National Trade Administrations
6.1 Formulating a position on trade
6.1.1 Identifying societal interests
6.1.2 Aggregating domestic interests
6.2 Towards a comparative approach in studying trade administrations
6.2.1 Topic 1: Involvement of different public actors
6.2.2 Topic 2: Coordination mechanisms
6.2.3 Topic 3: Human resources
6.2.4 Topic 4: Relation state-society
6.3 Research design
6.4 Results
6.4.1 Spain
6.4.2 Belgium
6.4.3 Estonia
6.3.4 Poland
6.4.5 Summarizing the exploratory case-study analysis
Chapter 7: Administrative Capacity: Capturing that Elusive Virtue
7.1 Mapping the trade administration as a policy network
7.2 Operationalizing administrative capacity
7.2.1 Monitoring capacity
7.2.2 Deriving Capacity
7.2.3 Formulating propositions
7.3 Data Collection
7.4 Data-analysis
7.4.1 Monitoring capacity
7.4.2 Deriving capacity
7.4.3 Overall administrative capacity
Summarizing the findings
Chapter 8: Endogenous Information Asymmetry and Control
8.1 Substantiating the hypotheses
8.1.1 Administrative capacity and control
8.1.2 Administrative capacity and strategies
8.1.3 Administrative capacity and stage of control
8.2 Data analysis
8.2.1 Administrative capacity and control
8.2.2 Administrative capacity and strategies
8.2.3 Administrative capacity and Proactive signalling
Concluding discussion
Conclusion: A Matter of Principals
1. The ideas developed
2. The lessons learnt
3. The paths revealed
3.1 I have a theory looking for cases!
3.2 I have a case looking for theories!
In summary
List of interviewees
Appendix I: Survey 1– TPC officials
Appendix II: Summary statistics
Appendix III: Topic list Interviews Trade Administration
Appendix IV: Survey 2 – National trade officials
Appendix V: Questionnaire phone interviews
Executive Summary
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: TH
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)

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