Political parties and the council of ministers: testing the left/right cleavage hypothesis in EU legislative politics
2007 (English)In: Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science Annual meeting, 15-16 Mars, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
While the Council has for a long time been regarded as an organization where intergovernmental forces clashes, the activity of national political parties within the Council has been largely understudied. This lack of research motivates a renewed approach if we are to gain a deeper insight into European legislative politics. In this paper we present the methodology and analytical basis for a new Council database which in the long run might be used in inter-institutional analysis of European legislation. This database is unlike previous research not linked to voting behavior (e.g. Hagemann 2006, Mattila 2004) but to political left-right preferences as indicated by party manifesto data. In the paper we argue that one complementary approach to understanding European legislative politics is to engage into broader and longitudinal inter-institutional analyses which also include possibilities of factoring in intra-institutional variables and variations. In this paper we present an explorative investigation determining the influence of the left/right dimension on some institutional aspects of legislative behavior between the Council and the EP.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject statskunskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-15063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-15063DiVA: diva2:154735