What makes a good EU Presidency? Italy and Ireland compared

Quaglia, Lucia and Moxon-Browne, Edward (2006) What makes a good EU Presidency? Italy and Ireland compared. Journal of Common Market Studies, 44 (2). pp. 349-368. ISSN 0021-9886

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What makes a `good EU presidency? A comparison between the two most recent Italian and Irish experiences in office can be instrumental in evaluating the crucial factors that affect presidency performance. The argument is developed in three main stages. Firstly, four key roles are selected in order to benchmark presidencies. Secondly, these roles are applied to the empirical record as criteria to devise a score-card of the two presidencies under consideration. Thirdly, presidency-specific factors are elicited and analysed, arguing that intangible assets, such as knowledge of EU affairs (process expertise, content expertise and information); political credibility and reputation; and general attitudes towards European integration, are crucial in performing the roles of president-in-office effectively and legitimately.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Lucia Quaglia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:57
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 10:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28864
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