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A matter of context - Why negotiating mandates given in the Swedish Riksdag's EU committee differ

Johansson, Markus LU (2009) STVM17 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis explores the mandates given to cabinet representatives in the Swedish Riksdag‟s EU committee before negotiations in the EU council of ministers. The mandate is the first step to secure accountability in the delegation between the Riksdag and the cabinet and it consists of the cabinet‟s proposed standpoint for each council agenda point and the committee discussions. The mandates are found to be more or less flexible and answers are sought to how and why this is. Three indicators are developed to decide what a flexible mandate is. These are tested on material from the EU committee and interviews. Using three hypotheses tested on two council configurations during two parliamentary years, the author detects that a strong national... (More)
This thesis explores the mandates given to cabinet representatives in the Swedish Riksdag‟s EU committee before negotiations in the EU council of ministers. The mandate is the first step to secure accountability in the delegation between the Riksdag and the cabinet and it consists of the cabinet‟s proposed standpoint for each council agenda point and the committee discussions. The mandates are found to be more or less flexible and answers are sought to how and why this is. Three indicators are developed to decide what a flexible mandate is. These are tested on material from the EU committee and interviews. Using three hypotheses tested on two council configurations during two parliamentary years, the author detects that a strong national interest, the cabinet formation and if other member states have strong interests all have, given the context, some explanatory power. (Less)
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author
Johansson, Markus LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
EU negotiations, European Affairs, EU committee, Swedish Riksdag, delegation-accountability, flexible mandates
language
English
id
1397287
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2009-06-18 11:30:28
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2009-06-18 11:30:28
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the mandates given to cabinet representatives in the Swedish Riksdag‟s EU committee before negotiations in the EU council of ministers. The mandate is the first step to secure accountability in the delegation between the Riksdag and the cabinet and it consists of the cabinet‟s proposed standpoint for each council agenda point and the committee discussions. The mandates are found to be more or less flexible and answers are sought to how and why this is. Three indicators are developed to decide what a flexible mandate is. These are tested on material from the EU committee and interviews. Using three hypotheses tested on two council configurations during two parliamentary years, the author detects that a strong national interest, the cabinet formation and if other member states have strong interests all have, given the context, some explanatory power.},
  author       = {Johansson, Markus},
  keyword      = {EU negotiations,European Affairs,EU committee,Swedish Riksdag,delegation-accountability,flexible mandates},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A matter of context - Why negotiating mandates given in the Swedish Riksdag's EU committee differ},
  year         = {2009},
}