ABSTRACT

This new volume presents a wealth of fresh data documenting and analyzing the different positions taken by governments in the development of the European Constitution.

It examines how such decisions have substantial effects on the sovereignty of nation states and on the lives of citizens, independent of the ratification of a constitution. Few efforts have been made to document constitution building in a systematic and comparative manner, including the different steps and stages of this process. This book examines European Constitution-building by tracing the two-level policy formation process from the draft proposal of the European Convention until the Intergovernmental Conference, which finally adopted the document on the Constitution in June 2004. Following a tight comparative framework, it sheds light on reactions to the proposed constitution in the domestic arena of all the actors involved. It includes a chapter on each of the original ten member states and the fifteen accession states, plus key chapters on the European Commission and European Parliament.

This book will be of strong interest to scholars and researchers of European Union politics, comparative politics, and policy-making.

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Introduction

ByTHOMAS KÖNIG, SIMON HUG
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chapter 2|12 pages

The European Convention: Consensus without unity?

ByTHOMAS KÖNIG, ANDREAS WARNTJEN
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Austria: The coordination of the national position regarding the constitution

ByCHRISTINE ARNOLD, ANNEMIEKE BURMEISTER
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Belgium, the Convention and the IGC: Consensus and coalition politics

ByCHRISTOPHE CROMBEZ, JAN LEBBE
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Cyprus: Under the shadow of the inter-communal conflict

BySPYROS BLAVOUKOS, GEORGE PAGOULATOS
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The Czech Republic: Sitting on the fence

ByTOBIAS SCHULZ, MARTINA CHABRECKOVA
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Finland: Centralized consensus on EU constitution building

ByDANIEL FINKE, THOMAS KÖNIG
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France: The President takes all

ByTOBIAS SCHULZ
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Germany: The promoter of European integration?

BySTEPHANIE DAIMER, THOMAS KÖNIG
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Greece: Overcoming negative stereotyping

ByGEORGE PAGOULATOS, SPYROS BLAVOUKOS
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Hungary: United in support, divided by borders

ByANNA GWIAZDA, KENNETH BENOIT
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Ireland: Pragmatism and the EU constitution

ByANNA GWIAZDA
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Italy: The presidency at work?

ByTOBIAS SCHULZ
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Latvia and the EU constitution: A pragmatic “yes”

BySTEPHANIE DAIMER
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Lithuania: A priority for Europe

BySTEPHANIE DAIMER
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Luxembourg, the Convention and the IGC: Consensus and concern for its economy

ByCHRISTOPHE CROMBEZ, JAN LEBBE
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Malta: The importance of being unimportant

BySPYROS BLAVOUKOS
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The Netherlands: domestic preference formation in the European Constitution

ByCHRISTINE ARNOLD , MADELEINE O . HOSLI AND
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Poland: The struggle for Nice

ByANNA GWIAZDA
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Portugal: Quest for a new role

BySPYROS BLAVOUKOS, GEORGE PAGOULATOS
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Slovakia: Avoiding conflict to secure stability

ByTOBIAS SCHULZ, MARTINA CHABRECKOVA
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Slovenia: Consensus, integration and the protection of identity

ByGIACOMO BENEDETTO
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Spain: Preference formation and European constitution building

ByRAJ S . CHARI AND ALFONSO EGEA - D E HARO
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The United Kingdom: Position taking and the protection of red lines

ByGIACOMO BENEDETTO
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The Commission, the Convention and the IGC: Consensus and concern for its role

ByCHRISTOPHE CROMBEZ, JAN LEBBE
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The European Parliament: Consensus and coordination for enhanced powers

ByGIACOMO BENEDETTO
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