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"Understanding the Dutch Presidency's influence at Amsterdam: A constructivist analysis"

Mazzucelli, Colette. (2003) "Understanding the Dutch Presidency's influence at Amsterdam: A constructivist analysis". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    During the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on Political Union in late September 1991, the Dutch Presidency of the Council introduced a draft Treaty on European Union text that departed significantly from that of its Luxembourg predecessor. This draft, which presented a unified Treaty structure, reflected the federalist convictions of politicians within the Dutch coalition government. The Dutch Presidency, during the initial months of its tenure, relied more on the Delors Commission than on the Council Secretariat and thereby alienated ten of the other eleven member states in the Treaty negotiations. What, if any, lesions did the Dutch Presidency learn from this experience that led to its success in the Presidency during the Amsterdam intergovernmental conference in June 1997? This paper draws on social constructivist analysis to present a diachronic study of the role of the Dutch Presidency during Treaty revision negotiations. In this context, its comparative findings shed light on the extent to which the Dutch Presidency fulfilled a "brokerage" function among the IGC participants and the extent to which its respective tenures as Chair shaped distributive or integrative outcomes

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Constructivism.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 1991
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council-Presidency
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Amsterdam Treaty
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political union & integration/European Political Union
    Countries > Netherlands
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > IGC 1996
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Maastricht Treaty
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: 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. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2893

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