This chapter examines the nature of the EU’s policy processes. It shows that the processes are numerous and highly complex in nature, that a number of factors combine to determine what processes apply in what policy circumstances, that there are four broad frameworks of policy processes, that a number of characteristics regularly feature in most policy processes, and that the processes are by no means as inefficient as they are often portrayed as being. Broad themes that run through the chapter are the multifaceted nature of the policy processes and the host of differing sorts of policy actors that interact with one another on the basis of an array of different policy-making rules and procedures. These themes are further examined in the following chapters of this part of the book. There cannot be said to be a ‘standard’ or ‘typical’ EU policy-making or decision-making process. A multiplicity of actors interrelate with one another via a myriad of channels.
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