A President for the European Union: A New Actor in Town?

22 Pages Posted: 24 May 2007

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Spyros Blavoukos

University of Essex

Dimitris Bourantonis

Athens University of Economics and Business

George Pagoulatos

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies

Abstract

In the post-Constitution EU, the rotating Presidency would be replaced by a hybrid system combining a rotating component with the establishment of a permanent President for the European Council. Using a principal-agent framework, we look at the supply and demand for formal leadership in the new system, accounting for the substantial institutional change in the format of the Presidency. We then examine the President's effectiveness and efficiency and discuss whether the President, as a new institutional actor, has the potential to evolve into an autonomous political actor in the EU. Our analysis suggests a discernible though by no means unconditional strengthening of the President's potential for an autonomous political role in the new EU institutional architecture.

Suggested Citation

Blavoukos, Spyros and Bourantonis, Dimitris and Pagoulatos, George, A President for the European Union: A New Actor in Town?. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 231-252, June 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=987657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00710.x

Spyros Blavoukos

University of Essex ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Dimitris Bourantonis

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

76 Patission Street
Athens, 104 34
Greece

George Pagoulatos (Contact Author)

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of International and European Economic Studies ( email )

GR-10434 Athens
Greece

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