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How Europe shapes British public policy$
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Janice Morphet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300465

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300465.001.0001

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Introduction: the UK’s relationship with the EU

Introduction: the UK’s relationship with the EU

(p.1) Chapter One Introduction: the UK’s relationship with the EU
How Europe shapes British public policy

Janice Morphet

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the UK’s relationship with EU before and since its membership in 1972. It argues that the UK joined the EU with its head rather than its heart. It considers this with the EU’s role and influence in policy shaping and leadership in that period. Finally, it examines the influence of the EU in the delivery of ten key UK policy areas introduced since 1979 which have been seen as domestic policies but have their provenance in pooled policy. These include privatization of the public services, devolution and the smoking ban. The chapter argues that there is a culture of denial of the influence of the UK pooling its policies within the EU and the effects that this has had over time.

Keywords:   Devolution, Privatization, US-UK relations, EU, UK, Public policy, Policy shaping

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