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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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