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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Negotiating transparency: The role of institutions

Author

  • Bo Bjurulf
  • Ole Elgström

Summary, in English

On 30 May 2001, a new regulation on public access to EU documents was presented and was heralded in the European press as a breakthrough for transparency. We argue that a focus on institutions can cast light on the negotiation processes that led to this decision, and explain the final - for realist negotiation theory puzzling - outcome. We demonstrate the importance of institutions in EU negotiations by detailing actor interests and strategies in the transparency case, and by tracing and analysing the negotiation process that resulted in the regulation. The institutions that receive particular attention are: agenda-shaping rules, decision-making procedures and voting rules, informal norms, timetables and deadlines, and intervention by institutional actors.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2004

Language

English

Pages

249-269

Publication/Series

Journal of Common Market Studies

Volume

42

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Topic

  • Political Science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0021-9886