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The Council Presidency in the European Union: Responsibility with Power

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The extent of the Council presidency's political influence is the subject of disagreement among both practitioners and researchers. While some describe the presidency as responsibility without power, others suggest that it provides incumbent states with an opportunity to achieve decision outcomes close to their preferences. This article formulates and tests hypotheses on the conditions under which presidents influence the timing and content of decision outcomes in the legislative arena. Decision outcomes are shown to be significantly more favourable to presidents in the chair at the time of adoption than to other Member States, even after controlling for other factors that influence bargaining success. Copyright (c) 2008 The Author(s). Journal compilation (c) 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Robert Thomson, 2008. "The Council Presidency in the European Union: Responsibility with Power," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 593-617, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jcmkts:v:46:y:2008:i::p:593-617
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    1. Marcello Carammia & Sebastiaan Princen & Arco Timmermans, 2016. "From Summitry to EU Government: An Agenda Formation Perspective on the European Council," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(4), pages 809-825, July.
    2. Radko Hokovský & Viera Knutelská, 2012. "Role of Political Affiliation across the European Institutions in the Dynamics of the EU Legislative Process," Czech Economic Review, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, vol. 6(2), pages 125-138, July.
    3. Suzuki, Sanae, 2014. "Chairship system and decision making by consensus in international agreements : the case of ASEAN," IDE Discussion Papers 471, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    4. repec:bla:jcmkts:v:55:y:2017:i::p:64-72 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Mühlböck, Monika and Berthold Rittberger, 2015. "The Council, the European Parliament, and the paradox of inter-institutional cooperation," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 19, January.
    6. SABINA KAJNČ, 2009. "The Slovenian Presidency: Meeting Symbolic and Substantive Challenges," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47, pages 89-98, September.

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