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38 J. Common Mkt. Stud. 1 (2000)

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Journal of Common Market Studies                                Vol. 38, No. 1
March 2000                                                           pp. 1-23







    Sub-National Mobilization and European

    Integration: Does it Make Any Difference?






                             CHARLIE  JEFFERY
                           University of Birmingham



                                 Abstract

     Work  on multi-level governance has refashioned conceptions in political
     science of EU politics and policy-making, giving due weight for the first time
     to the importance of sub-national actors. This article builds on the pioneering
     contributions on multi-level governance by Gary Marks and others to develop
     a framework for analysis rooted in the functions of sub-national authorities in
     their domestic political contexts. This domestic politics approach to multi-
     level governance is then developed, through consideration of a series of
     variables, to address a question which has rarely been posed hitherto: do the
     EU-focused activities of sub-national governments actually make any differ-
     ence in the structure of authoritative decision-making in the EU?


                              I. Introduction

The  1990s have seen intense discussion of the role of sub-national authorities
(SNAs)1  in European integration. A burgeoning literature (e.g. Hooghe, 1996a;
Jeffery, 1997a; Keating, 1998;  Le Gales  and Lequesne,  1998) has  emerged
around what has been termed 'sub-national mobilisation' (Hooghe, 1995) in the
European  Union: the growing engagement  of sub-national governmental actors

' A term conceived as covering all sub-national governmental authorities at local, intermediate or regional
levels. I am grateful for the terminology to Bomberg and Peterson (1998).
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