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The Rotating Council Presidency: Solution to the Negotiation Dilemma

McKibben, Heather Elko. (2007) The Rotating Council Presidency: Solution to the Negotiation Dilemma. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    What role does the rotating Council Presidency play in the European Union (EU)? A debate exists in the literature as to whether the Council Presidency is neutral and weak, or plays a strong role in the European Union, through its agenda-setting powers and leadership role in negotiations. Drawing on the mechanism design literature, I argue that the rotating Council Presidency plays a central role in the negotiation of EU legislation within the Council institutions, helping to solve the ‘negotiation dilemma.’ Further, addressing this debate in the literature, I argue that, rather than expected neutrality representing a weakness of the Presidency position, a large part of the important role that the Council Presidency plays in the EU stems directly from this characteristic. To evaluate this argument empirically, I draw on interview evidence gathered in 2005 and 2006 with members of COREPER and the Working Groups of the Council institutions.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Working Groups of the Council institutions.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > COREPER
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > Council of Ministers
    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 > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2008
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7974

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