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Bargaining Power in the European Council

Journal of Common Market Studies 46 (3): 685-708, 2008

24 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2012  

Jonas Tallberg

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

What grants influence in the European Council? Drawing on general theories of negotiation, this article isolates and illustrates three complementary sources of bargaining power in the European Council: state sources of power, institutional sources of power, and individual sources of power. It reports the results of a unique series of elite interviews with European heads of state and government, foreign ministers, and top-level civil servants. Elite testimonies suggest that the state dimension of power is the most fundamental, whereas the institutional and individual dimensions of power play a secondary role and mainly mediate the impact of structural power asymmetries.

Keywords: European Union, European Council, negotiation, bargaining, power, influence

Suggested Citation

Tallberg, Jonas, Bargaining Power in the European Council (2008). Journal of Common Market Studies 46 (3): 685-708, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2180539

Jonas Tallberg (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

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