Informal Accords and Non‐Accords

Jeffrey Stacey

in Integrating Europe

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584765
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723506 | DOI:
 Informal Accords and Non‐Accords

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This chapter furthers presentation of the book's empirical evidence and in so doing destroys any myth that the Parliament succeeds at will in wresting power from the Council and Commission, on the contrary. It does so by documenting a series of the Parliament's failed influence attempts and highlights strategic interaction of the Three in the process. Unlike Chapters 6 and 7—which will examine all of the EU's successfully negotiated informal economic and political accords, respectively—this chapter focuses largely on failure. Why failure? In methodological terms, an exclusive focus on success, that is, extant informal accords, would represent a particular weakness: Bypassing or overlooking all the failed or faltering attempts by one or more of the Three to negotiate new accords at various points in EU history. Yet, this chapter also highlights an important limitation; how difficult it is to cleanse the book entirely of any selection bias. There simply is little to no existing documentation of all of the so‐called non‐accords in existence—this chapter highlights only several recent non‐accords.

Keywords: strategic interaction; influence attempts; success; failure; non‐accords

Chapter.  12690 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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