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The Contested Council: The Conflict Dimensions of an Intergovernmental Institution

Zimmer, Christina and Schneider, Gerald and Dobbins, Michael. (2005) The Contested Council: The Conflict Dimensions of an Intergovernmental Institution. In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      Recent research has tried to uncover the political space in which the Council of Ministers of the European Union decides. This article shows that a redistributive dimension rather than the left-right conflict or a cleavage between governments with national and supranational attitudes decisively shapes the interactions in this most important legislative body of the European Union. In contrast to extant studies, we employ ex ante rather than ex post preference data and rely on correspondence analysis as a means to identify the underlying dimensions of contestation. The article concludes with an empirical investigation of how enlargement will affect the emerging political space within the European Union. Our quantitative analysis suggests that the gulf between net-contributors and net-receivers will further deepen.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Coalition building; Dimensionality of conflict; Correspondence analysis.
      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 and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2005
      Page Range: p. 27
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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