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Inside the European Commission: preference formation and the convention on the future of Europe

Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Kassim, H. (2005) Inside the European Commission: preference formation and the convention on the future of Europe. Comparative European Politics 3 (2), pp. 180-203. ISSN 1472-4790.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.cep.6110056

Abstract

How did the European Commission define its preferences with regards to the Convention on the Future of Europe? Is it the monolithic self-interested actor, propelled by a commitment to ever closer union and bent on aggrandizing its own power, as portrayed in much of the academic literature and in political debate, a purposive actor, whose outlook is conditioned by the structure of delegation configured by the member states, or is it an internally differentiated arena, from which preferences emerge as a result of complex interactions that entail the use of power, institutionalized myths and routines? We seek to demonstrate that in the case of the Convention on the Future of Europe, the preferences of the Commission emerged from a process that displays a strong pattern of presidentialism, which was conditioned by both internal and external challenges reflecting the environment in which Romano Prodi's Commission had to operate.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): European Commission, Convention, Constitutional Treaty, preference formation, treaty reform, IGC, institutionalism
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 12:39
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:24
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5028

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