Paul W. Thurner and Franz Urban Pappi  

European Union Intergovernmental Conferences

vergrößerte Ansicht in neuem Fenster    
  Domestic Preference Formation, Transgovernmental Networks, and the Dynamics of Compromise  
  Routledge/Uaces Contemporary European Studies No. 10  
  208 p., New York / London: Routledge, 2009  
  ISBN: 978-0-415-45660-9  

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Abstract :

This book provides a detailed examination of the complex negotiation processes surrounding intergovernmental conferences in the European Union.
Since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) and its 'appendix', the Treaty of Nice in 2002, any reform of the treaty framework of the European Union seems to be doomed to fail, evidenced by the decline of the Constitutional Treaty and by the current fate of the Lisbon treaty. By presenting an extensive quantitative study of the Intergovernmental Conference of 1996/7 prior to the Treaty of Amsterdam, the authors argue that these negotiations reveal the major challenges of European integration.Drawing on advanced statistical methods, they contend that multi-level negotiations require an appropriate coordination of informal administrative networks and the empowerment of administrative leadership, with these factors significantly shaping the dynamics and outcomes of negotiations. Through these findings, this book lays down the foundation for future evidence-based evaluations of negotiations and implementation studies, and delivers new insights on decision-making within the European Union.
European Union Intergovernmental Conferences will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, sociology, administrative science, business and management studies, international law and European law.


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1 EU intergovernmental conferences


1.1 Founding conferences and treaty reform conferences in the course of European integration


1.2 Negotiating intergovernmental conferences


1.3 Conclusions


Theorizing EU constitutionalization


2.1 Theories of European integration


2.2 Constitution-building and negotiations


2.3 Outline for a new perspective an constitutionalization


Research design: a quantitative case study


3.1 Methodological and methodical background


3.2 A stylized framework and formal definitions


3.3 Data collection: combining document analysis and elite surveying


The agenda: notes, issues and issue groups


4.1 The (re)construction of a negotiation space


4.2 Translating notes into one-dimensional issues


The domestic game


5.1 The formal organization of a government


5.2 Formal ratification requirements and discretionary leeway of governments


5.3 Divided governments: heterogenous governmental preferences


5.4 Private information? Cabinet median and declared initial negotiation position


Transgovernmental networks in semi-permeable governments


6.1 Describing sectoral ministerial networks


6.2 Valued transgovernmental networks between member states


6.3 Where do transgovernmental networks come from?


6.4 Summary


Signals and concessions


7.1 Processes of international negotiations


7.2 Strategie signalling


7.3 The determinants of compromising


7.4 Summary


7.5 Appendix

8 Conclusion







The authors:

Paul W. Thurner is Temporary Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Munich, Germany.

Franz Urban Pappi is Professor of Political Science at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany.