Har Euforien taget overhånd?

Adam Matias Dong Hoffmeyer, Emilie Maarbjerg Mørk & Marwa El Halabi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project investigates how negotiations in the Council of the European Union (the Council) are affected by a negotiation culture based on consensus. We do this by discussing data from seven different studies carried out by researchers on the subject. With an institutionalist approach to the Council we examine to which extent a culture of consensus is dominating and what effect this might have on the Ministers’ possibilities of opposing new legislation. We find indications that the culture of consensus does indeed play a key role in many Council negotiations and we also identify institutional incentives for actors to reproduce and obey this culture. Ministers in Council negotiations do indeed seem to be discouraged from opposing legislation where a consensus decision appears to be within the grasp of negotiators. Nevertheless, the strength of the consensus culture seems to vary significantly between national representatives and between committees. Thus, the culture of consensus is not dictating in all Council matters. To conclude, we discuss the chances of changes in the negotiation culture as well as how the culture of consensus can pose a problem for EU transparency and add to the democratic deficit of the union.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2016
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen


  • consensus
  • EU