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Anticipating resistance: the effect of member state preferences on the European Commission’s agenda-setting activity

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dc.contributor.author Häge, Frank M.
dc.contributor.author Toshkov, Dimiter
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-05T17:45:36Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-05T17:45:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4341
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The high success rate of Commission proposals seems to suggest that the European Commission is very influential in promoting European policies. However, the Commission’s agenda-setting activity might be affected by its anticipation of member states’ preferences. If the Commission acts with foresight, it simply does not initiate a proposal when it knows that the proposal will not be acceptable to member state governments in the Council or, more recently, the European Parliament. In this respect, the Commission is far less powerful than it appears. We test this hypothesis with aggregate data on the number of Commission proposals for directives and the degree of EU support in the Council between 1976 and 2003. The results of the analysis broadly support the theoretical argument. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject European Commission en_US
dc.subject integration en_US
dc.title Anticipating resistance: the effect of member state preferences on the European Commission’s agenda-setting activity en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1391140


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