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Bargaining and Distribution of Power in the EU's Conciliation Committee

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  • Stefan Napel
  • Mika Widgrén

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The European Union (EU) has moved towards bicameralism, making the codecision procedure its most important mechanism for decision making. To gauge if European Parliament (EP) and Council of Ministers (CM) are equally powerful ‘codecision makers’, understanding of the final stage of the procedure – bargaining in the Conciliation Committee – is crucial. Here, EP and CM are assumed to have spatial preferences determined by their respective internal decision mechanisms. Applying bargaining theory to predict inter-institutional agreements in the Conciliation Committee, it turns out that although institutionally the Council and the Parliament are seemingly in a symmetric position, CM has significantly greater influence on EU legislation.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1029.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1029

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Keywords: European Union codecision procedure; Conciliation Committee; bargaining; spatial voting; decision procedures;

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Cited by:
  1. Napel, Stefan & Widgren, Mika, 2004. "The Inter-institutional Distribution of Power in EU Codecision," Discussion Papers 944, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  2. Luisa Giuriato, 2009. "Reforming the EU Budgetary Procedure: Is Codecision a Step Forward?," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 55(1), pages 57-93, March.
  3. Napel, Stefan & Widgrén, Mika, 2003. "EU Conciliation Committee: Council 56 versus Parliament 6," CEPR Discussion Papers 4071, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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