Examining Coalitions in the Council of the European Union. Analysis of Research Approaches to Coalition Behaviour in the Council Cover Image

Jak zkoumat koalice v Radě EU? Analýza výzkumných přístupů ke koaličnímu chování v Radě EU
Examining Coalitions in the Council of the European Union. Analysis of Research Approaches to Coalition Behaviour in the Council

Author(s): Petr Kaniok, Petra Kuchyňková
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: EU Council; Coalition Bargaining; Informal Condition; Consensus; Qualitative Approach

Summary/Abstract: Both in the Czech and European contexts, the Council of the EU is a relatively frequent subject of interest in political science research. A substantial amount of work (both in the tradition of qualitative and quantitative research) focuses especially on the process of coalition building and the impact and functioning of the different levels of the Council. This theoretical discussion analyzes the possibilities which both the qualitative and quantitative approaches offer concerning research dealing with the coalition behavior of one concrete EU member state. In doing so, it takes into account various specifics which characterize the Council of the EU and which substantially influence the behavior of its member states. The paper concludes that the qualitative approach (while being to a substantial degree complementary to the quantitative tradition) offers better tools for an analysis focusing on the coalition behavior of one member state than its quantitative counterpart. One of the reasons lies in the nature of our research which deals with the process of promoting the interests of the Czech Republic in the EU Council, with a special emphasis on coalition building and searching for compromises.

  • Issue Year: XV/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 225-246
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Czech