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Negotiating transparency: The role of institutions

Publiceringsår: 2004
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 249-269
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Common Market Studie
Volym: 42
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Blackwell Publishing


On 30 May 2001, a new regulation on public access to EU documents was presented and was heralded in the European press as a breakthrough for transparency. We argue that a focus on institutions can cast light on the negotiation processes that led to this decision, and explain the final - for realist negotiation theory puzzling - outcome. We demonstrate the importance of institutions in EU negotiations by detailing actor interests and strategies in the transparency case, and by tracing and analysing the negotiation process that resulted in the regulation. The institutions that receive particular attention are: agenda-shaping rules, decision-making procedures and voting rules, informal norms, timetables and deadlines, and intervention by institutional actors.



  • Social Sciences


  • ISSN: 0021-9886

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