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National parliamentary control and voting in the Council of the European Union

woensdag 10 november 2021
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag
Room 348 or Zoom



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This seminar will focus on important aspects of decision-making in the Council of the European Union (EU). The Council is often considered as the EU’s main legislative institution. As such, it constitutes an important topic for academic research. In the Council member states negotiate and vote on important policy dossiers.

What determines member states’ voting behaviour other than their policy preferences? What do member states perceive as a good voting strategy if they know they will be outvoted anyway? And, how much are government representatives constrained in their strategy choice by domestic actors, such as their national parliaments? The latter play an increasing role in EU affairs. In this seminar we will analyse such questions using a political-economic approach.

Philippe van Gruisen

About the speaker

Philippe van Gruisen is a political economist who specializes in EU decision-making. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from the KU Leuven and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of Leiden University where he coordinates the interdisciplinary bachelor programme in Economics and Public Administration

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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