Responsiveness to Different National Interests: Voting Behaviour on Genetically Modified Organisms in the Council of the European Union

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Monika Mühlböck

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics

Jale Tosun

University of Konstanz - Department of Politics and Management

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Does voting behaviour in the Council of Ministers reflect different national interests? In this article, we explore this question by studying requests for authorization of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The fact that GMOs constitute a highly contentious issue in the European Union enables us to look underneath the 'culture of consensus' which usually characterizes voting behaviour in the Council. We argue that the focus on one issue area can help us to discover more specific voting patterns than those that have previously been found in EU legislative studies. Indeed, based on a dataset comprising all authorization requests voted on in the Council between 2004 and 2014, we find that ministers' voting behaviour is significantly influenced by important national factors such as public opinion, party politics, and structural as well as sectoral interests.

Keywords: Council of ministers, GMOs, national interests, public opinion, voting behaviour

Suggested Citation

Mühlböck, Monika and Tosun, Jale, Responsiveness to Different National Interests: Voting Behaviour on Genetically Modified Organisms in the Council of the European Union (March 2018). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 385-402, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3124630 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12609

Monika Mühlböck (Contact Author)

University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Statistics ( email )

Vienna, A-1210
Austria

Jale Tosun

University of Konstanz - Department of Politics and Management ( email )

Universitaetstrasse 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

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