The Council: An Institutional Chameleon?
Title: The Council: An Institutional Chameleon?
Author: WALLACE, Helen
Citation: Governance, 2002, 15, 3, 325-344.
Council reform is a topic that has become a key issue in the wider discussion about reshaping the institutions of the European Union. This article explores five different images of the Council: as a partner of the Commission; as a club of governments; as a venue for competition and bargaining between governments and other political actors; as an arena for networked governance; and as a consortium for developing "transgovernmental" collaboration. It is conventional to examine the Council as both executive and legislative in character. More interesting, perhaps, is its evolving practice as a forum for experimentation.
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