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"The EU with a single voice: An institutional analysis of the external impact of European integration on EC-US trade negotiations"

Meunier, Sophie. (1997) "The EU with a single voice: An institutional analysis of the external impact of European integration on EC-US trade negotiations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The central argument of this paper is the European Community does indeed affect international outcomes through its institutional features--mainly the voting rules and the autonomy of the Commission. The direction of this effect is determined by the negotiating context--defensive or offensive. This institutionalist argument goes against both the realist view that integration has no impact because it does not alter the structure of preferences of the member states and the opposite argument that integration transforms the European identities and leads the member states to adopt new positions. This paper also argues that in certain circumstances, contrary to the conventional assumption that the EC’s cumbersome decision making procedures have negative effects on its external bargaining potential, the EC can indeed use its institutional constraints strategically in order to reach its negotiating objectives.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2007
    Page Range: p. 58
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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