Negotiating the Morass: Measuring and Explaining Variation in Coordination Mechanisms in the European Union

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Abstract

This contribution examines the co-ordination mechanisms which central governments have established to develop positions and cast votes in negotiations in the European Union (EU). Conceptually, the contribution discusses how different traits of EU co-ordination mechanisms can be defined and measured. Empirically, it utilizes a novel data set to map the defined traits of the co-ordination mechanisms in EU-28. Analytically, the contribution demonstrates that some of the variation in the traits of the EU co-ordination mechanisms is connected to public Euroscepticism. Therefore the analysis supports studies that have argued that a sceptical attitude towards European integration is associated with more centralized co-ordination mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Volume21
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1273-1292
ISSN1350-1763
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Co-ordination
  • Council of Ministers
  • EU co-ordination mechanisms
  • Power dispersion

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