The Resource Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union : Commission autonomy and member state control, Markus Gastinger

Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union : Commission autonomy and member state control, Markus Gastinger

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Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union : Commission autonomy and member state control
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Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union
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Commission autonomy and member state control
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Markus Gastinger
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eng
Summary
Which issues does the Commission focus on in the negotiation of bilateral trade agree-ments? How (to what extent) autonomous is the Commission, which sources and causal mechanisms bring this autonomy to bear, and have these sources changed over time? Which is the most effective mechanism of control available to member states in the Council to rein in the Commission? These are the three interrelated questions addressed by this study. Concerning the first question, I find that the Commission focuses on integration issues. These are primarily found in the joint bodies established by the underlying agreements as well as the number of substantive issues mentioned therein. On question number two, I find that the Commission distinctly shapes BTAs slightly over 50 per-cent of the time. The primary source of Commission autonomy in the 1970s and 1980s was asymmetric information, i.e. the Commission having greater knowledge about all contingencies in the negotiations than the member states. More recently, Commission autonomy is better captured by its agenda-setting power, here defined as its ability to put before the Council an agreement that member states can vote only either up-or-down. With regard to question three I find that, initially, member states' credible threat of non-ratification provided the most effective backstop to the Commission running lose. Over time, member states have stepped up monitoring mechanisms to take control of negotiations earlier, making direct oversight the most important tool for Council control. I examine and expound this argument by adopting a Principal-Agent (PA) perspective and process-tracing methodology against the backdrop of six in-depth case studies selected in accordance with objective and replicable criteria, of which five are retained for the final analysis. In conclusion, I join the camp of scholars making the case for a significant independent causal influence of the Commission on European public policy outcomes
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Gastinger, Markus
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Defence date: 18 November 2014
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2014.
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non fiction
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
  • EUI theses
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  • Trade regulation
  • Commercial law
  • European Union countries
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Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union : Commission autonomy and member state control, Markus Gastinger
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  • HAEU Thesis
  • Examining Board: Professor Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute (supervisor); Professor Andreas Dür, University of Salzburg (co-supervisor); Professor László Bruszt, European University Institute; Professor Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, Dresden University of Technology
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-353)
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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txt
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rdacontent.
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FIEb17610643
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30 cm.
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xxi, 353 pages
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rdamedia.
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(OCoLC)1088484342
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Negotiating bilateral trade agreements in the European Union : Commission autonomy and member state control, Markus Gastinger
Publication
Note
  • HAEU Thesis
  • Examining Board: Professor Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute (supervisor); Professor Andreas Dür, University of Salzburg (co-supervisor); Professor László Bruszt, European University Institute; Professor Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, Dresden University of Technology
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-353)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17610643
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xxi, 353 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088484342

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