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dc.contributor.authorSLEPCEVIC, Reinhard
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-25T09:41:24Z
dc.date.available2009-06-25T09:41:24Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.issn1830-7728
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/11758
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I examine a central assumption of the neo-functionalist theory of European integration empirically: that interest groups use the preliminary reference system strategically in order to pursue their policy interests and to push European integration further. Focusing on EU environmental policy, I first analyse all preliminary references in this field and show that the pattern found cannot be explained by current theories. I then report the findings of expert interviews on the use of the preliminary reference system carried out with French, German and Dutch environmental organisations that have litigated before national courts to enforce the Natura 2000 Directives. I show that there is no evidence that environmental organisations use the preliminary reference system in a way suggested by neo-functionalist theory.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI MWPen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2009/24en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subjectEuropean Court of Justiceen
dc.subjectpreliminary referencesen
dc.subjectstrategic litigationen
dc.subjectenvironmenten
dc.subjectnational courtsen
dc.titleOn the Strategic Use of the Preliminary Reference System: Plausible Assumptions v. Empirical Realityen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
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