Spatial Models of European Union Politics

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics Research Paper No. OR1225

29 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2013

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Pieterjan Vangerven

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)

Christophe Crombez

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper presents an overview of the literature on spatial models of European Union (EU) politics. We discuss the early theoretical literature from the 1990s as well as more recent models. The early models focused on the legislative procedures in the EU, whereas later models analyze specific aspects of EU politics or specific procedures. We further present a comprehensive overview of the empirical literature that was stimulated by the spatial theory literature. We conclude that spatial modeling has proven to be an important tool to study EU politics, since it yields clear and understandable conclusions and creates opportunities for empirical research.

Keywords: Spatial Models, European Union, Game Theory

JEL Classification: D72, D78

Suggested Citation

Vangerven, Pieterjan and Crombez, Christophe, Spatial Models of European Union Politics (2012). KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics Research Paper No. OR1225. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200341

Pieterjan Vangerven (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Christophe Crombez

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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