Comitology : the strength of dissent
Journal of European integration, 2021, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 311-330
PASARIN, Ana Mar Fernandez, DEHOUSSE, Renaud, PLAZA, Joan Pere, Comitology : the strength of dissent, Journal of European integration, 2021, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 311-330 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70135
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This article sheds new light on deliberative dynamics at work in comitology. Starting from the findings of previous research on the frequency of consensus within the comitology committees of the EU in 2008, this article seeks to provide a measure of the intensity of opposition to the Commission's draft implementing proposals before and after the 2011 comitology reform. Applying this approach to data from the comitology register (2008-2013), the article analyses the structure of contestation, proposes an index of opposition and tests the factors that may explain variations. Attention is paid to procedural choices and sociological arguments before and after the last reform of the comitology system. Our findings are fourfold. First, conflict with the Commission's positions, although weak, is not that rare during deliberations. Second, patterns of support and opposition are stable over time. Third, sharp cross-sectorial variations exist. Last but not least, procedural choices matter for contestation.
First published online: 19 March 2020
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70135
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2020.1740697
ISSN: 0703-6337; 1477-2280
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