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Title: Cooperation and Control in the European Union: the Case of the European Union as International Environmental Negotiator
Authors: Delreux, Tom # ×
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Nordic Committee for the Study of International Politics
Series Title: Cooperation and Conflict vol:44 issue:2 pages:189-208
Abstract: This article examines the internal decision-making process in the European Union when the EU participates in international environmental negotiations. More particularly, the practical functioning of the relation between the member states and the EU negotiator (i.e. the Commission, the Presidency or a lead country), representing the member states externally, is examined. Starting from principal–agent theory and based on empirical research on eight EU decision-making processes with regard to international environmental negotiations, the article argues, first, that control by the member states on the EU negotiator takes place most manifestly during the course of the inter national negotiations, and, second, that these ad locum control mechanisms perform not only a control function, but also a cooperation function.
ISSN: 0010-8367
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
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