Journal of Common Market Studies 42 (5): 999-1022, 2004
24 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2012
Date Written: 2004
Decision-making in the European Union is subject to the risk of negotiation failure. At the start of negotiations, EU governments tend to be secretive about their true preferences and adopt tactical negotiating positions that reduce or eliminate the contract zone that is necessary to realize joint benefits. This article argues that the EU Presidency can play a crucial role in unlocking incompatible negotiating positions and securing agreement, thus preventing negotiation failure from materializing. Drawing on general bargaining theory and rational choice institutionalism, it presents a theory of the demand for, and supply of, brokerage by the chair. The explanatory power of this theory is demonstrated through two case studies: Germany’s chairing of the Agenda 2000 negotiations, and France’s chairing of the IGC 2000 negotiations.
Keywords: European Union, negotiations, bargaining, brokerage, Presidency, chairmanship, influence, Agenda 2000, IGC 2000
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Tallberg, Jonas, The Power of the Presidency: Brokerage, Efficiency, and Distribution in EU Negotiations (2004). Journal of Common Market Studies 42 (5): 999-1022, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2180560