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Contestation and Responsiveness in EU Council Deliberations

Wratil, C; Hobolt, SB; (2020) Contestation and Responsiveness in EU Council Deliberations. Journal of European Public Policy , 27 (3) pp. 362-381. 10.1080/13501763.2020.1712454. Green open access

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Abstract

Decision-making in the Council of the European Union appears highly consensual at the voting stage. However, we focus on Council deliberations, where we find higher levels of contestation. What drives government opposition in the Council? Using a novel approach of studying the Council through video footage of its public deliberations (DICEU – Debates in the Council of the European Union), we demonstrate that contestation between governments is, at least in part, driven by their responsiveness to domestic public opinion. Analysing deliberations on legislative packages in the Economic and Financial Affairs Council between 2010 and 2015, we show that governments are responsive to public opinion when setting out their policy positions, but primarily when the policy issues are salient domestically. Our study thus contributes to our understanding of government responsiveness in the EU.

Type: Article
Title: Contestation and Responsiveness in EU Council Deliberations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1712454
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2020.1712454
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Contestation, Council, public opinion, deliberations, responsiveness
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089384
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