How States Behave in a New Institutional Context of Negotiation
Chapter II. Governmental actors’ preferences and negotiation behaviour at the European Convention. The theoretical debate and the search for a toolbox
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Governmental actors’ preferences and negotiation behaviour at the Convention
The theoretical debate and the search for a toolbox
Before 2002 the constitutional negotiations in the European Union have always taken place in IGCs under the unanimity rule and in a secret intergovernmental environment. On the contrary, the European Convention was a unique experiment characterised by a substantially different organisational and institutional setting involving a multiplicity of actors ranging from Member States’ governments’ representatives to MEPs, national parliamentarians and some representatives from the European Commission. The method was also characterised by a high degree of openness that consisted of the full1 publicity of the working sessions and the full accessibility of all the documents produced by the body.
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