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"Why international cooperation strengthens national executives: the case of the European Community"

Moravcsik, Andrew. (1995) "Why international cooperation strengthens national executives: the case of the European Community". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    Most contemporary theories of international cooperation treat states as unitary actors, thereby neglecting the influence of international negotiations and institutions on domestic politics. This essay offers a theory of how and when international cooperation redistributes domestic political influence of political leaders and societal groups. A principal-agent model of domestic politics suggests three propositions: (1) International cooperation influences domestic politics by redistributing four key domestic political resources - initiative, institutions, information and ideas. (2) This reallocation of domestic political resources generally favors those who participate directly in international negotiations and institutions. Most often, though not invariably, these are national executives, who "cut slack," that is, loosen constraints imposed by legislatures, interest groups, ministries and other domestic actors. (3) The resulting shift in the incentives facing political leaders feeds back into international bargaining, often altering the possibilities for international cooperation.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    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 > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 32
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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