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Connected Coalition Formation and Voting Power in the Council of the European Union: An Endogenous Policy Approach. EIPA Working Paper 99/W/05

Bilal, Sanoussi and Hosli, Madeleine O. (1999) Connected Coalition Formation and Voting Power in the Council of the European Union: An Endogenous Policy Approach. EIPA Working Paper 99/W/05. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Resorting to political economy approaches, this paper attempts to associate the industrial structure in the European Union (EU) to the coalition formation process between European member states. Using a well-known measure of relative voting power, the (normalized) Banzhaf power index, we relax the common assumption that coalitions form randomly. Instead, we adopt the standard interest group model and look at the structure of European industry, mainly in terms of industrial concentration in the EU, as an indicator of its lobbying influence on domestic politics and governments’ preferences. This, in turn, influences the political stance, and thus the coalition building process, of the different member states in the Council. We derive estimates on members’ relative influence within the Council for different policy areas in the broader framework of industry and trade, on the basis of both weighted votes and likely patterns of coalition-formation in the Council.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Banzhaf power index.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > lobbying/interest representation
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    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: 13 May 2003
    Page Range: p. 31
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:15
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/541

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