Inefficient Decisions, Emergencies and the Benefits of Delegated Power: Measuring Commission Power in EC Fisheries Policy-Making Public Deposited

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  • The failure of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to develop a sustainable fishing environment for all member states is often blamed on the incompatibility of the territorial logic of national interests and the market forces of a de-territorialized European Union. Ironically, it is precisely this incompatibility that a common approach sought to overcome. This policy attempts to address scientific, market and socio-economic concerns within a shared state-led policymaking arena. Within this arena, the Commission’s institutional significance as initiator of conservation regulations and overseer of policy implementation has often been derided within the literature. A small policing budget and a Council populated by logrolling preference outliers only add to the perception that the Commission’s authority lacks any real teeth. This view neglects to consider the evolution of Commission powers in relation to ministers’ preferences for decision-making autonomy over the policy’s history. When these powers are seen in this light it becomes clear that both ‘push’ factors from the Council and ‘pull’ factors from the Commission are altering the institutional balance within this arena. This paper considers how Total Allowable Catch determination has evolved and puts the Commission’s increasing use of emergency legislation into the context of this institutional evolution.
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  • Rahming, Anne J. 2002. Inefficient Decisions, Emergencies and the Benefits of Delegated Power: Measuring Commission Power in EC Fisheries Policy-Making. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, August 19-22, 2002, Wellington, New Zealand: Fisheries in the Global Economy. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2002. CD ROM.
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