Historical-institutionalist perspectives on the development of the EU budget system

Ackrill, R.W. ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-1812 and Kay, A., 2006. Historical-institutionalist perspectives on the development of the EU budget system. Journal of European Public Policy, 13 (1), pp. 113-133. ISSN 1350-1763

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The EU budget has only recently started to feature in theories of European integration. Studies typically adopt a historical-institutionalist framework, exploring notions such as path dependency. They have, however, generally been rather aggregated, or coarse-grained, in their approach. The EU budget has thus been treated as a single entity rather than a series of inter-linked institutions. This paper seeks to address these lacunae by adopting a fine-grained approach. This enables us to emphasize the connections that exist between EU budgetary institutions, in both time and space. We show that the initial set of budgetary institutions was unable, over time, to achieve consistently their treaty-based objectives. In response, rather than reform these institutions at potentially high political cost, additional institutions were layered on top of the extant structures. We thus demonstrate how some EU budgetary institutions have remained unchanged, whilst others have been added or changed over time.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of European Public Policy
Creators: Ackrill, R.W. and Kay, A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2006
Volume: 13
Number: 1
ISSN: 1350-1763
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:31
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13964

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