European Community Decision Making: Models, Applications, and Comparisons

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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: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Fresh Perspectives on a Developing Institution 1
2 The European Community, Decision Making, and Integration 17
3 The Policy Issues Analyzed 33
4 Political Forecasting: An Expected Utility Method 71
5 The Exchange of Voting Positions: An Object-Oriented Model of Policy Networks 105
6 Policy Outcomes and Policy Interventions: An Expected Utility Analysis 131
7 The Exchange of Voting Positions in the EC Council 161
8 The Politics Surrounding the Creation of the EC Bank: The Last Stumbling Block to Integration 185
9 Models of Exchange and of Expected Utility Maximization: A Comparison of Accuracy 214
10 Modeling the EC 229
References 243
List of Contributors 249
Index 251
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