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Transnational Networking and Elite Self-EmpowermentThe Making of the Judiciary in Contemporary Europe and Beyond$
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Cristina E. Parau

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266403

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266403.001.0001

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The Network Community in action

The Network Community in action

(p.112) 3 The Network Community in action
Transnational Networking and Elite Self-Empowerment

Cristina E. Parau

British Academy

This chapter investigates the Network Community in action effecting its common agenda, the empowerment of the Judiciary and correlative disempowerment of the elected branches of democratic governments. A mainstay of the Network’s modus operandi is the precept ‘personnel is policy’. Its members are discovered to coordinate each other through a deliberate cultivation of mutual interdependence which renders the Community as a whole politically more successful than if its members acted separately. This phalanx-like solidarity in action in turn empowers the Network to advance a common agenda on the internally divided nation-states of Europe, both East and West. Nations that have submitted to it have found it more difficult than anticipated to escape, once the agenda proved detrimental to their interests.

Keywords:   common agenda, elite coordination, political interdependence, collective action, transnational networks, self-empowerment, democratic government, ‘personnel is policy’

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