|Author (Person)||Maricut-Akbik, Adina|
|Series Title||Journal of European Integration|
|Series Details||Vol.40, No.2, February 2018, p161-176|
|Publication Date||February 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
This article investigates the reasons behind varying institutional positions in the European Union’s (EU) area of justice and home affairs (JHA). It argues that such instances of institutional behaviour cannot be fully understood without examining how each institution seeks to legitimize its role in the EU political system.
A novel theoretical framework on institutional behaviour is advanced, connecting individual policy positions and governance choices to (1) institutional roles developed within different types of organizational structure, and (2) the representative claims made by officials involved in decision-making. The framework draws on insights from organizational theory regarding institutional role expectations and a constructivist approach to representation borrowed from the work of Michael Saward.
Using three cases of JHA legislation from the post-Lisbon period, it is shown that the framework can explain varying patterns of institutional behaviour by exploring lines of justification present in the institutional discourse.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|