New book : ‘The EU as International Environmental Negotiator’

My new book, ‘The EU as International Environmental Negotiator’ (published with Ashgate), has come out.

This book examines how the EU functions when it participates in international environmental negotiations. In particular, this book looks at the internal EU decision-making process with regard to international negotiations that lead to multilateral environmental agreements. By studying eight such decision-making processes, the book analyses how much negotiation autonomy (or ‘discretion’) the EU negotiator (the European Commission or the Council Presidency) enjoys vis-à-vis the member states it represents and how this particular degree of discretion can be explained. The book’s empirical evidence is based on extensive literature review, primary and semi-confidential document research, as well as interviews with EU decision-makers.

Theoretically, the book applies a refined principal-agent model to the EU decision-making process and the relations between the EU negotiators (as agents) and the member states (as principals). Methodologically, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and in-depth case studies are used.

More information on the book can be found here.

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