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Ideology and the Politics of Constitution Making: The Institutional Organization of the European Convention

Proksch, Sven-Oliver. (2007) Ideology and the Politics of Constitution Making: The Institutional Organization of the European Convention. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This study investigates the politics of constitution making through an analysis of the institutional organization of the European Union (EU) constitutional convention. Constitutional conventions resemble parliamentary bodies in terms of their institutional arrangements, and need to be studied with the same sensitivity that has been given to the study of legislatures. This study focuses on the role of committees in the EU Convention and their impact on the drafting process. Using new data on delegate positions in the Convention, I test two competing committee composition hypotheses, the outlier and representative committee hypothesis, with a Monte Carlo simulation technique. The four main results of this study are (1) that the political leadership of the European convention controlled to a large extent its institutional organization, (2) that committees were influential in the drafting process, (3) that there is stronger evidence for committee outliers than for representative committees, and (4) that the outlying committees were slanted to the left.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Outlier hypothesis; representative committee hypothesis.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > general
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > European Convention
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    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: 09 Jul 2008
    Page Range: p. 46
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:51
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8009

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