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Assessing the Eurogroup's informal working method

Uwe Puetter

in The Eurogroup

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074035
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701553 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074035.003.0007
Assessing the Eurogroup's informal working method

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This chapter evaluates empirical findings in the context of the analytical framework of this book. It assesses the potential of the Eurogroup's informal working method to foster consensus-oriented policy deliberation among the euro area's top decision-makers. It reviews the features of the particular negotiation setting constituted by the Eurogroup. In a similar fashion, it discusses whether the specific content of Eurogroup discussions is compatible with a deliberative style of discussion. Moreover, the discussion reflects on the outcome of informal debates. Finally, it contrasts these findings with the prevailing pattern of official Council negotiations, which represent the key framework for intergovernmental decision-making at the EU level.

Keywords: informal method; EU; top decision-makers; negotiation setting; Eurogroup

Chapter.  7952 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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