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Governance by Committee, the Role of Committees in European Policy-Making and Policy Implementation

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00019


The objective of the state of the art report is to provide an overview of the state of knowledge in each of the subprojects and to sketch briefly how the research to be carried out will complement and contribute to this body of knowledge. Since there has been very little research on the objects of the subprojects on Parliament, Council and comitology, their reports are relatively brief. It is an entirely different story with the theoretical project on legitimacy and EU-committees, where the authors have tried to focus on the key issues, referring only to publications that are most relevant for our research. The subject matter could easily fill a book.
The research team felt it was important to include in the report also a brief outline of the empirical research and the methodology to be used during the research project. This helped to focus the issues to be addressed, identified still existing weaknesses in coordination between the various subprojects and provided a better overview of the total project. At this stage it was not yet possible to link the theoretical issues of the subproject on legitimacy to the empirical subprojects. This is work that will have to be carried out in the next few months. The theoretical considerations will have to be integrated in the empirical work particularly into the questionnaires of the other two subprojects. The reader will nonetheless most certainly realize the significance of the theoretical reflections and the way they will provide the over-all framework for the whole project.

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