Legislative Politics

'Rapporteur-Shadow Rapporteurships in the EP' published in EJPR

A new paper on Rapporteur‐shadow rapporteur networks in the European Parliament: The strength of small numbers, co-authored with Nils Ringe, is now pubishd online by the European Journal of Political Research.

'Political Conflict in Bismarck's Germany' published in Party Politics

My article on 'Political Conflict in Bismarck's Germany: An Analysis of Pariamentary Voting, 1867-1890' has been published in Party Politics. The study investigates the number and content of party political conflict dimensions in the early years of Imperial Germany by scaling legislative roll call votes in the Reichstag.

'Political Attention in the Council of the EU' published in European Union Politics

In a paper that has now been published with European Union Politics, I am presenting a new dataset on the allocation of 'Political attention in the Council of the EU', covering all policy areas and a period of twenty years.

'The Scheduling Power of the EU Council Presidency' published in Journal of European Public Policy

My paper on the 'Scheduling power of the EU Council Presidency' has now been published online by the Journal of European Public Policy.


Missing information in Prelex/EUPOL

Unfortunately, some of the process information in Prelex for procedures starting in 2013 and 2014 seems to have been lost in the transition from Prelex to EUR-Lex (see my earlier post). Since EUPOL is based on Prelex, this information is also missing in the last update of the dataset (v05). Prelex has since been taken offline without rectifying these omissions.

Here's the communicaton I had about this issue with the EUR-Lex helpdesk:

13 October 2014 (Email to EUR-Lex helpdesk):

"I am relying on Prelex for some of my research on legislative politics in the EU. When gathering information from the database, I noticed that information on many proposals introduced in the years 2013 and 2014 is missing. Process information on 171 out of 936 proposals is missing for 2013 and 310 out of 583 proposals in 2014 (as of 17th September). After checking some of those files on the new EurLex page, I found that the information on legislative procedures was complete there (see e.g. COM(2013)937, COM(2013)853, COM(2013)902; I can send a list of all files if required). Therefore, I am wondering whether PreLex is not being updated anymore and if it still is, how much of a time delay one can expect?"

6 November 204 (Reply by EUR-Lex helpdesk):

"We have been trying to analyse and fix the problem about which you so kindly informed us. Unfortunately, both processes involve several technical issues that need time to be overcome. The new EUR-Lex is, since its opening (April-2014), the site of reference for the information related to the legislative procedures. All the content of Prelex has been made available in EUR-Lex, that also features several possibilities of research throughout the thousands of existing procedures (please see the advanced search form – domain: legislative procedures; with the important remark that this form, together with the other advanced search forms, is currently undergoing an in-depth analysis and revamp). PreLex is still updated, but since EUR-Lex is, and will be, the site of reference, the PreLex website is foreseen to be shut down in some months. We are trying to solve the shortcomings spotted, which are not linked to delays, but to technical difficulties, but we cannot guarantee a quick and complete solution, concerning Prelex. What we can guarantee (and if this is not the case, please inform us about the mistakes or omissions you may find) is the proper information on and display of procedures in EUR-Lex webpage, that is the site to visit for searches like yours."

Comment on effects of Council voting rule changes in European Voice

European Voice asked me to comment on the possible effects of the voting rule changes in the Council of Ministers of the EU that come into force on 1st November. If you have a subscription, the article can be directly accessed online. If not, here's the PDF page of the print version.

New voting rules in the EU Council of Ministers from 1st November

On 1st November, the new Lisbon treaty voting rules for the Council of the European Union enter into force. In comparison to the existing Nice treaty rules (and considerably simplified, for more details see especially Table A3 in the online appendix to an article I wrote on the topic), the new rules reduce the overall threshold for reaching a qualified majority from about 74 to 65 percent and allocate voting weights of individual member states in direct proportion to member states' population size. The figure below shows that the clear winners of this reform, at least in terms of increased voting weight, are the larger member states, whereas the medium-sized and small states lose out. However, the full effect of the changes in the voting rules are unlikely to be felt before April 2017. Until that point in time, any member state can still request that a Council decision is to be adopted according to the old Nice treaty rules. Whether the new voting rules will make any difference until then for the way the Council makes decisions will mainly depend on how readily member states are willing to take advantage of this right to request the application of the old rules.

Council voting weights

'Bureaucrats as Law-Makers' out in paperback now

My book on 'Bureaucrats as Law-Makers: Committee Decision-Making in the EU Council of Ministers' is now also available from Routledge in paperback at a significantly reduced prize of £30. UACES members only pay £25 by entering the code 'uaces' at checkout.

Updated version of EUPOL dataset available

An updated version of the European Policy-Making (EUPOL) dataset is now available here. The information was downloaded from Prelex on 17th and 18th September 2014, covering the entire 7th term of the European Parliament. However, it should be noted that a substantial proportion of proposals recorded in Prelex in the years 2013 and 2014 lack any information on the progress of the decision-making process (i.e. the only information available for those cases is the proposal code, the title of the proposal, and the code of the legislative procedure). To be precise, process information is missing for 171 of 936 proposals in 2013 and 310 of 583 proposals in 2014. At the moment, it is not clear why this information is missing and whether it will be added to Prelex at a future point in time.

LSE blog contribution on effect of change in Council voting rule

I have written a contribution for the European Politics and Policy blog of the LSE, which discusses possible effects of the change in Council voting rules resulting from the Lisbon Treaty amendments. The entire blog entry can be read here: http://bit.ly/1j3ZrAw.

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