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Opting Out of Influence - On the Political Capital Consequences of Denmark’s Opt-Outs

Arvidsson, Henrik LU (2009) STVM17 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis answers the question whether opt-outs cause Danish political actors to lose Political Capital at the EU-level. In order to do this, Political Capital Theory is developed to fit a European Union context. The theory is then applied to data gathered from Danish political actors and other actors with great experience from the EU. From this, within the premises set by this thesis, it is possible to draw the following conclusions: the Danish opt-outs cause their political actors to lose Political Capital on the EU-level; this is most notable in the Council and to a lesser degree in the Commission, whereas the Parliament is virtually unaffected. Furthermore, the opt-outs do not only concern the politicians but also the work of the... (More)
This thesis answers the question whether opt-outs cause Danish political actors to lose Political Capital at the EU-level. In order to do this, Political Capital Theory is developed to fit a European Union context. The theory is then applied to data gathered from Danish political actors and other actors with great experience from the EU. From this, within the premises set by this thesis, it is possible to draw the following conclusions: the Danish opt-outs cause their political actors to lose Political Capital on the EU-level; this is most notable in the Council and to a lesser degree in the Commission, whereas the Parliament is virtually unaffected. Furthermore, the opt-outs do not only concern the politicians but also the work of the civil servants, particularly in the Council. The thesis also concludes that it is possible for a political actor to compensate for the loss of Political Capital, to a certain degree, by being well connected, prepared and experienced. In general, this thesis establishes that the opt-outs affect Danish influence on the EU level in a negative direction. (Less)
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author
Arvidsson, Henrik LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Influence, Political Capital, EU, European Affairs, Opt-outs, Denmark
language
Swedish
id
1397274
date added to LUP
2009-06-18 11:30:40
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  abstract     = {This thesis answers the question whether opt-outs cause Danish political actors to lose Political Capital at the EU-level. In order to do this, Political Capital Theory is developed to fit a European Union context. The theory is then applied to data gathered from Danish political actors and other actors with great experience from the EU. From this, within the premises set by this thesis, it is possible to draw the following conclusions: the Danish opt-outs cause their political actors to lose Political Capital on the EU-level; this is most notable in the Council and to a lesser degree in the Commission, whereas the Parliament is virtually unaffected. Furthermore, the opt-outs do not only concern the politicians but also the work of the civil servants, particularly in the Council. The thesis also concludes that it is possible for a political actor to compensate for the loss of Political Capital, to a certain degree, by being well connected, prepared and experienced. In general, this thesis establishes that the opt-outs affect Danish influence on the EU level in a negative direction.},
  author       = {Arvidsson, Henrik},
  keyword      = {Influence,Political Capital,EU,European Affairs,Opt-outs,Denmark},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Opting Out of Influence - On the Political Capital Consequences of Denmark’s Opt-Outs},
  year         = {2009},
}