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The Role of Committees in the Policy-Process of the European Union   unpublished
Jean-Monnet Chair for Political Science. The aim was to generate new knowledge with regard to the practical procedures and processes in the EU policy-making process, challenging some of the existing theories of the day -by means of extensive and thoroughly empirical research. This volume can be seen as an extension and expansion of that original research project. Authors have updated their initial fi ndings and related areas that were not included in the original project have been added. The
more » ... erial on specifi c types of committees has been put into the context of a wider analytical structure that includes themes such as deliberation vs. strategic bargaining; formalisation vs. informality in EU policy-making; and related normative concerns about good governance in the EU. Now that the book is published, we feel it is important to stress the contribution of Guenther Schaefer -without his initiative, enthusiasm, hard work, leadership and charm this project would not have been as successful as it was and this book would certainly never have been written. The volume has been a long time in the making, and we would like to thank all the members of the original research team for their patience and their willingness to revise and update their chapters after sometimes long intervals during this journey. We are equally grateful for the contributions from those who signed up to the book at a later stage and had to adapt xiv Thomas Christiansen and Torbjörn Larsson -9781845426224
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