The Role of the European Commission in Co-Decision - a Strategic Facilitator Operating in a Situation of Structural Disadvantage

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 7, No. 10

17 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2004

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Anne Rasmussen

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science

Abstract

The co-decision procedure has had significant implications for the interaction between the EU institutions and has attracted the attention of a series of formal, rational choice institutionalists. However, these have mostly dealt with the Commission in a relatively superficial way and their conclusions about its legislative role have been rather pessimistic. Instead this study examines the role of the Commission in more detail by looking closer at both the formal and informal ways in which the Commission has affected legislation in co-decision from Maastricht to one year after the entering into force of the Amsterdam Treaty. The study includes interview and quantitative data at a general level as well as from three Socrates procedures completed in 1995, 1998, and 2000. In line with the formal, rational choice theorists, the paper notes that the Commission's room for manoeuvre is significantly reduced in co-decision, but it argues that its relative loss of power with the introduction of the procedure should not blur the picture that in absolute terms it is still an important actor in the day-to-day decision-making of the EU.

Keywords: European integration, EIoP, co-decision procedure, European Commission, legislative procedure, institutionalism, spatial theory, policy analysis, game theory, European Parliament, institutionalism, educational policy, political science

Suggested Citation

Rasmussen, Anne, The Role of the European Commission in Co-Decision - a Strategic Facilitator Operating in a Situation of Structural Disadvantage. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 7, No. 10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=461581

Anne Rasmussen (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165
Denmark

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