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Committee Decision-making in the Council of the European Union


Häge, Frank M.


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Abstract Committees of national officials play a major role in the decision-making of the European Union's main legislative body, the Council of Ministers. The study investigates the conditions under which bureaucrats decide on legislative dossiers without direct involvement of ministers. A statistical analysis is performed to examine this question, using an original data set of 439 legislative proposals. The results of the analysis indicate that formal institutional features such as the voting rule in the Council and the involvement of the European Parliament affect committee decision-making, whereas no effects of committee socialization and preference divergence among member states are identified. The results diminish concerns about the democratic legitimacy of Council decision-making to some extent, as the findings demonstrate that bureaucrats tend to decide only the less salient and more complex proposals.
Thesaurusschlagwörter delegation of tasks
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur; Europapolitik
Freie Schlagwörter bureaucratic discretion; committee decision-making; Council of the European Union; socialization;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 299-328
Zeitschriftentitel European Union Politics, 8 (2007) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1465116507079539
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)