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Domestic structures and european integration. a multi-stage two-level analysis of constitution building in the european union

Objective

This project will study constitution building in the European Union using a multi-stage two-level-analysis of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) to be concluded in 2004. We wish to answer two main questions: How is the process of constitution building carried out? How can we explain the outcome of this process? Our project will relax assumptions on unitary member-state preferences and one-shot processes of constitution building. We will examine the preparatory stage of inter-ministerial coordination, the negotiation stage at the IGC, and ratification in member states. We expect that the more non-unitary a member state government is, the more likely is an IGC agreement. However, we expect that when more alternatives for an agreement exist, their successful ratification is more endangered. Using a multi-pronged data gathering strategy, we will test these hypotheses and assess the two-level character of EU constitution building.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Address
Freiheer-vom-stein Str. 2
67324 Speyer
Germany

Participants (7)

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Greece
Address
76,Patission Street 76
10434 Athens
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Naamsestraat 69
3000 Louvain / Leuven
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Houghton Street
WC2A 2AE London
PROFESSOR GEORGE TSEBELIS
United States
Address
Hilgard Avenue 405 - Department Of Political Scien
90095 Los Angeles
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
United Kingdom
Address
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
UNIVERSITY OF ST. GALLEN
Switzerland
Address
St Gallen
9000 Sankt Gallen