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"What makes a good EU Presidency? Italy and Ireland compared*"

Quaglia, Lucia and Moxon-Browne, Edward. (2005) "What makes a good EU Presidency? Italy and Ireland compared*". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      What makes a ‘good’ EU Presidency? A comparison between the two most recent Italian and Irish experiences in office can be instrumental in evaluating the crucial factors that affect presidency performance. The argument is developed in three main stages. Firstly, four key roles are selected in order to benchmark presidencies. Secondly, these roles are applied to the empirical record as criteria to devise a score-card of the two presidencies under consideration. Thirdly, the factors that affect the performance of the presidency are elicited, and are related to two mainstream theoretical approaches deployed in the study of the EU. It is argued here that socially constructed elements, such as expertise in EU affairs, political credibility, and attitudes towards European integration, have more explanatory leverage than purely power-based factors, such as country size, economic and political weight.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ireland
      Countries > Italy
      EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council-Presidency
      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 > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2005
      Page Range: p. 31
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25
      URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3025

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