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Gridlock after enlargement? An analysis of legislative output in the European Union∗

Hertz, Robin and Leuffen, Dirk (2009) Gridlock after enlargement? An analysis of legislative output in the European Union∗. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    In this paper we analyze the impact of European Union (EU) enlargement on EU policymaking. Most theories of social choice argue that group‐size negatively affects the efficiency of decision‐making. Veto player theory, for instance, claims that adding veto players increases policy stability. Similarly, a‐priori voting power theory expects legislative output to decline with shrinking passage probabilities. Building on these theories, we derive a set of hypotheses on group size and decision‐making. We test these theories by estimating count models on a dataset of EU legislative output from 1976 to 2009. While we find some evidence for a reduction of the number of legislative acts passed, this especially holds for the production of directives and regulations, the effects are smaller than expected by our theories. We also present an analysis of legislative output in the Common Fisheries Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. For fisheries we can show that group heterogeneity in addition to group‐size has an impact on policy production.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > agriculture policy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    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 > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2012 16:53
    Number of Pages: 19
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2012 16:53

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