New PDF release: Widening the European Union: The Politics of Institutional

By B. Steunenberg

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The proposed expansion of the ecu Union to incorporate international locations from valuable and japanese Europe has turn into a tremendous political factor. Widening the ecu Union makes a speciality of these institutional reforms of the Union which may be essential to make the expansion attainable. The institutional constitution, initially designed for the Union of simply six states, is probably not appropriate for a ecu of twenty-seven or extra member states. an outline of present rational selection theories of institutional switch is supplied ahead of the amount makes a speciality of a number of points of institutional reforms within the Union. Widening the ecu Union includes contributions from a distinctive staff of ecu lecturers. This e-book is a important source to scholars of the ecu Union with an curiosity in its politics and coverage, expansion and institutional reform.

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König and Bräuninger indicate, parallel to what happened in Nice, that member states would only accept a lower voting quota to increase the Union’s effectiveness provided the actual balance between member states is preserved by changing the member states’ voting weights. Bernard Steunenberg in Chapter 6 discusses the effects of enlargement in terms of the Union’s ability to make new decisions (‘policy flexibility,’ or effectiveness in König and Bräuninger’s terminology), and the power to the individual member states.

What it cannot do is combine these measures, nor account for the power of different bodies where the rules of procedure are not straightforward voting games. Here we need to move to the non-cooperative game theory approach. Spatial analysis can demonstrate the way in which different actors manage to produce outcomes in their favour through coalition formation with like-minded actors. It can show how the EU may operate in ways that the constitutional designers did not intend. Importantly, it has been argued that the conditional agenda power of supranational bodies such as Parliament, the Commission and the European Court of Justice enables the selection among a set of possible equilibria, accelerates European integration and dilutes responsibility for politically unpopular measures.

Green Cowles and M. Smith (eds) The State of the European Union, Volume 5: Risks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 149–63. H. (1999) The Constitution of Europe. ’ and other Essays on European integration, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Widgrén, M. (1994) ‘Voting power in the EC decision making and the consequences of two different enlargements’, European Economic Review 38: 1153–70. Chapter Title 2 21 Rational choice and institutional change An overview of current theories Keith Dowding Institutional rules and political battles Rational choice institutional models are an important new paradigm for studying institutions and institutional change in the EU.

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