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It’s the Centre-Periphery, Stupid! Cooperation Patterns in the Council of Ministers after Enlargement. EIPA Working Paper 2011/W/02, 2011

Kaeding, Michael. and Laatsit, Mart (2011) It’s the Centre-Periphery, Stupid! Cooperation Patterns in the Council of Ministers after Enlargement. EIPA Working Paper 2011/W/02, 2011. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Cooperation patterns in the Council of Ministers have featured particular characteristics over the last decades. Seven years after the 2004 round of enlargement, it is time to readdress the question whether longstanding cooperation patterns have endured and how the new members have fit in the existing structures. Following a comparative case study research design, the current article investigates four negotiations: the 7th Framework Programme, the Services Directive, the Driving Licence Directive and the Working Time Directive. Having conducted 40 semi-structured interviews with national representatives of ten Member States we find that some cooperation patterns, such as the north-south divide, have persisted. More specifically, the results reveal that the overall pattern leans towards a centreperiphery model with the northern Member States as the central actors.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Institute of Public Adminstration (Maastricht) > Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 16:03
    Number of Pages: 26
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 16:03
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33633

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