European Community Decision Making: Models, Applications, and Comparisons

European Community Decision Making: Models, Applications, and Comparisons

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Frans N. Stokman
     
 

This pathbreaking book illuminates the politics of issue resolution within the European Community with evaluations and comparisons of competing models of decision making across twenty-two policy issues. Written by American and Dutch scholars, the book will be of great interest to students of comparative politics, public policy analysts, mathematic modelers, and all… See more details below

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This pathbreaking book illuminates the politics of issue resolution within the European Community with evaluations and comparisons of competing models of decision making across twenty-two policy issues. Written by American and Dutch scholars, the book will be of great interest to students of comparative politics, public policy analysts, mathematic modelers, and all those concerned with the development of the European Community. One set of models explored in this volume - the expected utility model - treats politics as a conflictual activity, while the other, the exchange or log rolling model, emphasizes the cooperative nature of political processes. The alternative approaches model decision making in fundamentally different ways and make very different predictions about how issues in the European Community will be resolved. To facilitate direct comparison of their predictive and explanatory value, the models in this volume are based on the same variables: the potential control of actors over outcomes, the salience of the issues for the actors, and the outcomes preferred by the actors. The contributors test their models in the context of sixteen issues already resolved by the Council of Ministers and six issues currently under consideration, providing the reader with considerable knowledge about the controversies surrounding European Community policy on such topics as automobile emissions, nuclear radiation norms, air transport liberalization, and the European banking system. They conclude that the conflictual model and the cooperative model are less competitive and more complementary than has been thought, and they explain in detail how the models can be fruitfully combined.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300057591
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.91(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Fresh Perspectives on a Developing Institution1
2The European Community, Decision Making, and Integration17
3The Policy Issues Analyzed33
4Political Forecasting: An Expected Utility Method71
5The Exchange of Voting Positions: An Object-Oriented Model of Policy Networks105
6Policy Outcomes and Policy Interventions: An Expected Utility Analysis131
7The Exchange of Voting Positions in the EC Council161
8The Politics Surrounding the Creation of the EC Bank: The Last Stumbling Block to Integration185
9Models of Exchange and of Expected Utility Maximization: A Comparison of Accuracy214
10Modeling the EC229
References243
List of Contributors249
Index251

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