Unveiling the Council of the European Union: games governments play in Brussels

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 15, 2008 - Law - 320 pages
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For a long time our textbook knowledge of what is happening in the Council of the European Union -- the major decision forum of the EU -- was to a large extent based on limited interview-based evidence. One reason for that was the closed nature of the Council. In a very few years, however, thanks to new transparency rules and increased efforts by scholars, we have seen a whole range of superb qualitative and quantitative data collections as well as more convincing theorizing. EU researchers are better equipped than ever before to analyze the decision-making processes of the Council and to test conventional wisdoms. The effect will be important, not only with respect to our knowledge of the Council itself -- and therefore of EU politics in general -- but also because this research is advancing general theories about how government interact in international institutions, for which the Council is a particularly fruitful object of study. This book covers the most contentious areas and important debates in the present research, focusing in particular on conflict dimensions, modes of interaction and power and leadership in the Council.

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Contents

Voting and Coalitions in the Council after the Enlargement
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Voting Statements and CoalitionBuilding in the Council
36
CoalitionBuilding in the Council before
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About the author (2008)

Daniel Naurin is research fellow at the Political Science Department, Goteborg University.

Helen Wallace is the Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex. She has published many papers and books on the politics and policies of the European Union.
William Wallace is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He has published widely on European and foreign policies.
Mark Pollack is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, Philadelphia. His current research focuses on the role of the supranational institutions of the European Union.