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“The Power of Procedure: Explaining the Role of Secretariats in the European Union”

Hamlet, Lawrence. (1999) “The Power of Procedure: Explaining the Role of Secretariats in the European Union”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    In the case of the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, I argue that the secretariat is designed to address the key cooperation problem which EU member states in the Council of Ministers face: distribution problems, or issues of how to allocate gains and losses from European integration. Thus, the design of the Council Secretariat is geared towards enabling it to facilitate the negotiation process between states. However, the delegation of duties, capacities and staff to the Council Secretariat is not without limits; rather, the Council Secretariat can only exercise its delegated authority within tightly-drawn boundaries. Thus, the power of the Council Secretariat does not rely on its ability to circumvent or flout the wishes of states, but rather lies in its ability to carry out its delegated tasks well and respect the boundaries set by the member states which control it. By following procedure-and remaining active, yet closely controlled-the Council Secretariat can maximize its influence on EU decisionmaking.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 38
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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