Who Decides in the Council of the European Union?

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  • FRANK M. HÄGE

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      Frank M. Häge
      Department of Public Administration
      Leiden University
      P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands
      Tel +31 (0)71 527 3707 Fax +31 (0)71 527 3979
      email fhaege@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
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Frank M. Häge
Department of Public Administration
Leiden University
P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands
Tel +31 (0)71 527 3707 Fax +31 (0)71 527 3979
email fhaege@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Abstract

This study presents reliable cross-sectoral data on the relative involvement of working parties, senior committees and ministers in legislative decision-making of the Council of the European Union. In general, the results challenge the received wisdom that ministers are hardly involved in legislative decision-making. However, the findings also indicate that the involvement of different Council levels varies considerably across policy sectors. The study concludes with a discussion of the implications of these findings for the debate about the democratic legitimacy of Council decision-making.

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