Department of Political Science

Daniel Finke

Domestic Politics and European Treaty Reform Understanding the Dynamics of Governmental Position-Taking

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This article analyses the extent to which governmental positions on European integration originate from domestic politics. In contrast to previous studies, I apply a longitudinal research design that allows for an empirical analysis of the domestic dynamics that govern position formation. I use advanced statistical measurement techniques to compare national positions across time. Member states' economic characteristics define a corridor for governmental positions. However, the political dynamics of the domestic arena determine the final position governments adopt at any particular Intergovernmental Conference (IGC). In particular, when formulating the national position, the short-term trend in public opinion limits governmental discretion. This effect is especially strong if the government announced ratification by referendum and in countries with a system of strong parliamentary scrutiny.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Union Politics
Volume10
Issue4
Pages (from-to)482-506
Number of pages25
ISSN1465-1165
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • European integration, ideal point estimation, liberal intergovernmentalism, treaty reforms, INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE, PUBLIC SUPPORT, EMPIRICAL-TEST, MEMBER STATES, POLICY-MAKING, INTEGRATION, EU, PREFERENCES, OPINION, INSTITUTIONS

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