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In this 2006 book, Jonas Tallberg offers a novel perspective on some of the most fundamental questions about international cooperation and European Union politics. Offering the first systematic theoretical and empirical exploration of the influence wielded by chairmen of multilateral negotiations, Tallberg develops a rationalist theory of formal leadership and demonstrates its explanatory power through carefully selected case studies of EU negotiations. He shows that the rotating Presidency of the EU constitutes a power platform that grants governments unique opportunities to shape the outcomes of negotiations. His provocative analysis establishes that Presidencies, while performing vital functions for the EU, simultaneously exploit their privileged political position to favour national interests. Extending the scope of the analysis to international negotiations on trade, security and the environment, Tallberg further demonstrates that the influence of the EU Presidency is not an isolated occurrence but the expression of a general phenomenon in world politics - the power of the chair.Read more
- A comprehensive study of EU negotiations
- Addresses the heated political debate of the constitutional treaty for an elected EU President
- Will appeal to scholars and graduate students in politics, international relations and European studies
Reviews & endorsements
"Jonas Tallberg offers an innovative theory of leadership in international negotiations and applies it to the European Union's Council presidency. The result is an important contribution to our understanding of the key role of 'the chair' in negotiations: chiefly in the EU but also in other international organizations." Simon Bulmer, Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics, University of ManchesterSee more reviews
"This book is a must read for all who want to use rational choice institutionalism and general bargaining theory. Jonas Tallberg succeeds admirably in showing why chairmanship in international negotiation arises and what difference it makes for bargaining outcomes. He empirically assesses his compelling theoretical claims by analyzing negotiations in the European Union under the chairmanship of the Council Presidency and other instances of international cooperation." Adrienne Héritier, Joint Chair, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
"Jonas Tallberg makes a major theoretical advance clarifying how the European Union is governed and, even better, his theory concentrating on the neglected role of the chair in negotiations is not peculiar to Europe. I have already cited it. Students of multilateral negotiations and institutions elsewhere: take notice. A marvelous book." John Odell, Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
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- Date Published: September 2006
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521864527
- length: 280 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.55kg
- contains: 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Formal leadership: a rational institutionalist theory
3. The institutional development of the EU presidency: a search for efficient cooperation
4. The EU presidency as agenda manager: shaping political priorities
5. The EU presidency as broker: constructing intergovernmental bargains
6. The EU presidency as representative: negotiating on behalf of others
7. Comparative perspectives: formal leadership in multilateral negotiations
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