'The End of the Beginning' of Eastern Enlargement � Luxembourg Summit and Agenda-setting
The core argument of this article is that pre-negotiation matters. Policy problems are not just �out there�, but socially constructed. In order to comprehend the outcome of any negotiation it is therefore not sufficient just to look at the �give and take� at the actual bargaining table, but also at the �negotiation to negotiate�. Furthermore, the article argues that pre-negotiation carves out a role for agenda-setting, seeing that governments often enter this phase with un-fixed preferences. These central points of the article are summed up in a theoretical framework, which stands out as a critique of liberal intergovernmentalism. On the basis of this framework the article sets out to analyse the pre-negotiation phase of eastern enlargement, the Luxembourg Summit. Its key conclusion is that the majority of the governments entered this �game� searching for their preferences and that this enabled both the Commission and two smaller states to influence the outcome by setting the agenda in a specific way.
Volume (Year): 2 (1998)
Issue (Month): (October)
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