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"Reforming the Council - Modeling facets of a multi-actor system"

Maurer, Andreas. (2003) "Reforming the Council - Modeling facets of a multi-actor system". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    This paper investigates the Council of Ministers and the Convention's/IGC's dossier on the Council's system. Acknowledging that supranational influence is contingent upon both the context and actual strategies employed by supranational actors in an IGC, I focus on an issue where the member states strategic positions are under review. I argue that the Nice IGC's outcome is the product of a trend of member states who already during the Maastricht reforms started to base their preferences on a non-agreed type measure. Budding on the findings about the Nice IGC, the paper moves on to discuss different readings of the Council system and to analyze their empirical validity. I then systematically look at the ongoing debate about the Council's reform. Focusing on the Franco-German contribution of January 2003, I sketch two extreme variants for the future development of the Council, its presidency, its separation into a legislative and an executive/governing Count and its visibility with regard to Foreign Policy. The paper concludes that both extreme visions-the federal and the intergovernmental type-do not correspond to the reality of the Council. Nor do they help to reduce the Council's deficiencies with regard to efficiency, transparency, visibility and coherency. However, both extremes help to forecast the possible outcome of the Convention: a more presidential system which will be compensated by the set up of a truly legislative Council.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 2000
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council-Presidency
    Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > European Convention
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 28
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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