Madeleine O. Hosli and Christine Arnold
The Importance of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating the European
Published: December 17,
This paper aims to explore government preferences, cleavages,
and pat-terns of coalition-formation among a variety of actors
in the bargaining process on the European Constitution, across
the range of twenty-five European Union (EU) member states.
The study focuses on preferences concerning socio-economic
policy-making and explores whether divisions can be discerned
between preferences held by actors according to locations
on the left-right policy scale, actors in older as compared
to newer EU states, net EU budget positions, domestic rates
of support for European integration, and smaller as compared
to larger states. The analysis also controls for possible
external effects, such as recent domestic macro-economic developments.
Finally, the paper explores, while focusing on Article 3 of
the European Constitution, which actors submitted collaborative
contributions during the Convention process and whether or
not they followed discernable patterns of collaborations between
representatives of member states and political party groups.
Constitution for Europe, European Convention, European public
Madeleine O. Hosli
– Leiden University
Christine Arnold – University
© 2007 Madeleine O.
Hosli and Christine Arnold
Citing this EUROGOV
Hosli, Madeleine O., and Christine Arnold. 2007. The Importance
of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating the European Constitutional
Treaty. European Governance Papers (EUROGOV) No.