Council of the EU

Blog entries related to research on the Council of the EU

MPSA panel on EU Legislative Politics

Together with Bjorn Hoyland from the University of Oslo, I organized and acted as discussant for a panel on 'Legislative Politics in the European Union' at this year's Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago. The panel line-up with summaries of the papers is given below and some of the presented papers are available for download from the online archive of the conference.

8-1 Legislative Politics in the European Union
Date: Friday, April 13 10:25 am
Chair(s): Heike Kluever, Nuffield College University of Oxford

  • Non-linear Growth Effects of Public Debt: New Evidence for the Euro Area.
    Panel threshold estimation on EMU countries to determine optimal debt levels, after which the impact of debt on growth becomes harmful. Such optimal levels can be supported and lie between 65% and 95% debt to GDP level.
    Anja Baum, University of Cambridge
    Cristina Checherita, European Central Bank
    Philipp Rother, (ECB) European Central Bank
  • Domestic Scrutiny of European Union Politics: Between Whistle Blowing and Opposition Control.
    This paper explains why some European law proposals are subject to scrutiny by national parliaments while others go unchecked. We compiled a dataset which comprises scrutiny information for more than ten member states from 2006-2011.
    Daniel Finke, University of Heidelberg
  • The Scheduling Power of the EU Presidency.
    This study investigates whether the Presidency is able to direct the political attention of the Council by emphasizing and de-emphasizing policy issues, relying on new data about the meeting frequency of working parties between 2000-2010.
    Frank Haege, University of Limerick
  • Allocation of Committee Reports in the European Parliament.
    We analyze the allocation of committee reports in the EP. We find a two-stage process where MEPs self-select into the pool of potential candidates and party loyalty determines the share of reports allocated to the candidates in the pool.
    Bjorn Hoyland, University of Oslo
  • Encouraging Party Cohesion in the European Parliament: Party Group Coordinators as a Decentralized Whipping System.
    The European Parliament is a harsh environment for political parties. In this paper we argue that a group of, relatively unknown actors, party group coordinators, provide a key part of the puzzle of political group institutionalization in the EP.
    Gail McElroy, Trinity College, Dublin
    Antoine Yoshinaka, American University
    Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside

Frank Haege, University of Limerick
Bjorn Hoyland, University of Oslo

Vincent Wright Memorial Prize for WEP article

The journal West European Politics has announced today that my 2011 article on 'Politicising Council Decision-making: The Effect of European Parliament Empowerment’ has been awarded the Vincent Wright Memorial Prize of that year for 'making a significant contribution to the study of comparative European politics'. Here's a link to the complete text of the announcement.

Presentation of agent-based model of decision-making duration at ECPR conference

I presented a paper on 'The Duration of Multilateral Negotiations in the Council of the European Union' at this year's ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik (25-27 August). The paper formed part of the Computer Simulation and Agent Based Modelling in Political Science panel. The mainly theoretical paper describes an agent-based model of coalition-building that allows the generation of direct hypotheses about the effects of preference configurations, impatience levels, and group size on decision-making duration. The presentation and paper is available here.

EUSA presentation on Council's policy-agenda

The biennial conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) took place on 3-5 March in Boston. I presented a paper on the Council's policy-agenda, relying on a new, comprehensive dataset on the timing and length of Council working party meetings between 2000 and 2008 to map the allocation of the Council's political attention across policy-areas and over time. The paper and the presentation are available on my research page.

WEP article on Council politicisation published now

My article on 'Politicizing Council Decision-Making: The Effect of EP Empowerment' has now been published by West European Politics. The article is part of a special issue on 'Linking Inter- and Intra-institutional Change in the European Union' edited by Daniel Naurin and Anne Rasmussen.

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