Paper presentation at UACES 2013 Leeds

At the UACES annual conference in Leeds, Anahita Sabouri and I will present a paper in which we a principal-agent framework on the case of informal trilogue negotiations in the EU. In such negotiations, the rotating Presidency and the rapporteur from the European Parliament try to reach an agreement on a legislative file so that an agreement can be concluded in first or second reading. Our paper, entitled ‘Negotiating early agreements in EU trilogue meetings: a double principal-agent model‘, examines how the principal-agent model can contribute to our understanding of the relations between the rotating Presidency and the Council on the one hand, and between the rapporteur and the European Parliament on the other hand. The full program of the UACES conference can be found here.