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(Why) Do Neighbours Cooperate?

Ilze Ruse

Description

Negotiations in the European Union Council of Ministers are not only taking place within formal decision-making structures. Member states strive to find allies and coordinate their positions prior to formal negotiation meetings. They either create ad hoc coalitions to pool voting power or cooperate within more durable, institutionalised coalitions that traditionally form due to geographical proximity or among like-minded member states as task-specific coalitions on particular issues. Institutionalised coalitions bestow their members with a bargaining advantage even if they cannot generate enough voting weight to reach voting thresholds.

Table of content

  • Cover
  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • List of tables and figures
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1
  • 1.1 Bargaining power in EU negotiations
  • CHAPTER 2
  • 2.1 Typology of coalitions in EU negotiations: ad hoc andinstitutionalised coalitions
  • 2.2 Explaining the effects of institutionalised coalitions onbargaining power
  • 2.3 Brining preferences in
  • 2.4 Rational choice institutionalism and alternativetheoretical explanations
  • CHAPTER 3
  • 3.1 Institutionalised coalitions in the EU
  • 3.2 Territorially constituted coalitions
  • 3.3 Task-specific coalitions: beyond the territorial framework
  • 3.4 Do neighbours cooperate? Evidence from EUnegotiations cases
  • CHAPTER 4
  • 4.1 The Baltic Sea Strategy
  • 4.2 EU negotiations on climate change
  • 4.3 The Stockholm Programme
  • CONCLUSIONS
  • REFERENCES
  • Policy documents
  • Council documents
  • Media and internet sources
  • Speeches
  • ANNEX
  • List of interviews

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