Department of Political Science

The European Parliament in the 2000 IGC and the Constitutional Treaty negotiations: from loser to winner.

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Abstract           Why did two rounds of EU constitutional reform held within a five year period yield very different results? The 2000 IGC resulted in the modest Treaty of Nice, whereas the 2002-04 round drafted the Constitutional Treaty, which although it did not involve major substantive changes, did mark a major symbolic step forward. This article argues that the change in outcomes can to a large degree be explained by the change in negotiating structure due to the use of a convention that drafted most of the Constitutional Treaty's text, creating a context which privileged MEPs. While the outer bounds of the possible were set by governments, the EP was able to build coalitions around ambitious yet realistic positions, leading to a final text that was a major symbolic step forward.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Pages (from-to)1271-1292
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • Constitutional Treaty; European Convention; European Parliament; 2000 IGC

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