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The Treaty of Nice and qualified majority voting


  • Moshé Machover

    () (King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK)

  • Dan S. Felsenthal

    () (University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel)


We analyse and evaluate three decision rules for the Council of Ministers of the EU, which are prescribed by the `definitive form' of the Treaty of Nice. The first will apply from 2005 to the present 15-member EU, if it will not have been enlarged by then. The second or third will apply to an enlarged 27-member EU. We conclude that the first of these is an improvement on the current decision rule; but the other two have extremely undesirable features.

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  • Moshé Machover & Dan S. Felsenthal, 2001. "The Treaty of Nice and qualified majority voting," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 18(3), pages 431-464.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:18:y:2001:i:3:p:431-464
    Note: Received: 23 February 2001/Accepted: 26 March 2001

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