Special Issue: winners and losers in european union decision making

Frans Stokman (Editor), Robert Thomson (Editor)

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This special issue examines legislative decision-making in the European
Union (EU). By focusing on specific examples of legislative decision-making
and actors’ preferences in those situations, we aim to address questions of
interest to mainstream Europeanists. Two contributions identify and attempt
to explain which actors – of the Commission, the European Parliament and
the individual member states – won and lost in controversial policy decisions
in recent years. A third investigates shifts in actors’ positions during the
bargaining process that takes place between the introduction of a Commission
proposal and the adoption of the legislative acts. A fourth article examines
measures of member states’ power that take into consideration the policy
positions they favour, as well as the number of votes they hold in the Council.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Union Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • winners and losers
  • european union
  • legislative decision-making
  • europeanists
  • commission
  • european parliament
  • member states
  • policy decisions


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