Blog entries related to academic publications

'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.

'Consensus Decisions and Similarity Measures in IOs' published in International Interactions

My article on 'Consensus Decisions and Similarity Measures in International Organizations', co-authored with Simon Hug from the University of Geneva, has been published by International Interactions.

'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.


Article summary for the LSE's EUROPP blog

I have written a summary of my article on 'Coalition-Building and Consensus in the Council of the European Union' for the LSE's European Politics and Policy blog. The articles came out in print this week in the British Journal of Political Science. A copy of the article is available here.

BJPS article on Council coalition building online

My paper on Coalition-Building and Consensus in the Council of the European Union has been pre-published by the British Journal of Political Science as part of their FirstView online service.


Although qualified-majority voting is possible, member states in the Council of the European Union
(EU) still adopt most policies by consensus. The agent-based model of coalition building in multilateral
negotiations presented here addresses this puzzle. The model demonstrates that consensual decisions may
emerge as an unintended by-product of government representatives’ desire to form blocking coalitions.
A qualitative case study demonstrates the plausibility of the model’s assumptions and resulting coalitionbuilding
dynamics. Moreover, a quantitative test shows that the model’s predictions correspond closely
to the observed consensus rates. Finally, computational experiments predict a positive effect of the voting
threshold but no effect of increases in membership on winning coalition size, which has important
practical implications for institutional design and enlargement policy.

Book on Council committee decision-making published

My book on 'Bureaucrats as Law-makers: Committee decision-making in the EU Council of Ministers' has been published with Routledge now. Further details about the book can be found on the publisher's website. Members of UACES can buy the book at a heavily discounted prize of £25.

From the back cover:

The Council of Ministers is one of the most powerful institutions of the European Union (EU) and plays a major role in the European policy-making process. Drawing on formal theory and combining quantitative and qualitative methods in an innovative fashion, this book provides novel insights into the role of national bureaucrats in legislative decision-making of the Council of the EU.

The book examines and describes the Council of Ministers’ committee system and its internal decision-making process. Relying on a wide quantitative dataset as well as six detailed case studies in the policy areas of Agriculture, Environment, and Taxation, it provides a comprehensive and systematic assessment of the extent to which national bureaucrats act as law-makers in the Council. It also examines the degree to which theories on collective decision-making, delegation, and international socialization can account for variation in the involvement of bureaucrats. Investigating how often and why national officials in working parties and committees, rather than ministers, make legislative decisions in the EU, this book addresses the implications of bureaucratic influence for the democratic legitimacy of Council decision-making. The author finds that ministers play a generally more important role in legislative decision-making than often assumed, alleviating, to some extent, concerns about the democratic legitimacy of Council decisions.

Bureaucrats as Law-Makers will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the field of European Union politics and policy-making, legislative decision-making, intergovernmental negotiations and international socialization.



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.

Citation statistics on Google Scholar author profile

A list of publications with citation statistics is now available on my Google Scholar author profile.

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