The Importance of Actor Cleavages in Negotiating the European Constitution

C.U. Arnold, M. Hosli

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore government preferences and cleavages in the bargaining process on the European Constitution, across the range of 25 EU member states. The study focuses on preferences concerning socioeconomic policymaking and explores whether divisions can be discerned between preferences held by actors according to locations on the left-right policy scale, actors in older as compared to newer EU states, net EU budget positions, domestic rates of support for European integration, and smaller as compared to larger states. The analysis also controls for possible external effects, such as recent domestic macroeconomic developments. Negotiations on the European Constitution are found to be determined less by general transnational left-right divisions, but cleavages according to the length of EU membership and the size of EU member states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-632
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Studies Quarterly
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • ALIGNMENTS
  • COUNCIL
  • DIMENSIONS
  • INTEGRATION
  • POSITIONS

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