Spatial Models of European Union Politics
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics Research Paper No. OR1225
29 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2013
Date Written: 2012
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
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