De structuur van de besluitvorming in de Raad van de Europese Unie

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In spite of its importance in European Union decision making, research on the functioning of the Council is scarce (Wessels, 1991). Based on empirical findings this article gives some new insights in the way Council decision making is institutionalized. The first part focusses on the characteristics of Council working groups and the different positions of actors in the decision making network. Our findings confirm the definition of the Council as a highly bureaucratized institution. Interesting is that the diversity of tasks of the different actors
(working groups, Coreper, CSA etc.) strengthens the impact of national administrations in Council decision making. The second part explores the reasons for this impact. This article adds to the functional approach, which over-emphasizes the adaptive character of the Council, the perception of the Council as an intergovernmental component in a supranational system.

How to Cite:

Beyers, J., (1994) “De structuur van de besluitvorming in de Raad van de Europese Unie”, Res Publica 36(3-4), 381-398. doi:

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Published on
30 Dec 1994
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