Italy and the European Union (Brookings-Sspa Series on by Federiga Bindi

By Federiga Bindi

Federiga Bindi offers, for the 1st time, an in-depth research of Italy's position in the ecu Union (EU) during this inaugural quantity of a publication sequence released together by way of the Brookings establishment Press and the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione (Italian nationwide college of Public management, or SSPA). Italy and the eu Union relates intimately the old, cultural, and sociological components that experience resulted in Italy's incomplete "Europeanization," or complete integration, in the ecu. It additionally brings the reader up to date at the steps taken by means of the country's leaders to enhance Italy's status and develop into a more suitable member within the association it helped to chanced on. Discussing the author's broad study, The Economist notes . . . . "Federiga Bindi pointed out a couple of obstacles to an efficient eu coverage in Italy: a excessive turnover of governments; coalition companions with conflicting goals; the failure of bureaucrats to profit from different member states; and politicians' loss of curiosity in Europe . . . lately even if, she chanced on that concerns had superior. An interdepartmental physique for the coordination of european rules has been created, Parliament operates a good scrutiny method . . . , the management has learnt to profit from others. however the different difficulties stay, and they're ambitious. Her learn ends on an exasperated notice: 'Italy seems to be caught within the age of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, within which the victory of 1 faction over one other is what counts, and the truth that this can be harmful to the rustic concerns little.'" —from The Economist, July 31, 2010

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They thus favored a neutral, nonaligned Italy and opposed Italy’s signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. Since the Communists and the Socialists were definitely expected to vote against the treaty,8 De Gasperi desperately needed all of his party’s votes in parliament. In this light, he used Italy’s inclusion in the Council of Europe to “sell” Atlantic integration to his own party. In signing the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949, De Gasperi also underlined its political rather than military aspects.

The series undoubtedly offers interesting analytical research, but today it is outdated and there has been no follow-up comparative analysis. Another series, evaluating individual countries’ membership in the European Union, has yet to be completed. 86 The aim of the volume is threefold: to identify the contribution of French policymakers to the European integration process; describe the methods that were adopted; and assess the impact of the European integration process on politics, policies, and policymaking in France.

Europeification, they explained, has three practical aspects: policy context, policymaking processes, and policy outcomes. The questions the authors sought to address—by analyzing the Community institutions and a number of European policies—were the following: What factors stimulate or block Europeification? How institutionalized are policies (not only at the national but also at the European level)? What characterizes the distribution of interests? At what levels of the decisionmaking process can the driving forces be found?

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