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EU Council Presidency as Agenda Shaper: The Case of the Czech EU Presidency

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Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source CEU Political Science Journal
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords EU presidency - agenda setting - Czech Republic - Council of the EU
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Description Based on an analysis of several EU Presidencies, Swe dish political scientist Jonas Tallberg created a model that identifies ways in wh ich EU Presidency countries shape the EU agenda. In this model, Tallberg concep tualises the process of agenda shaping in a broader way and particularly focuses o n structuring issues that are already a part of the EU political agenda. Tallberg argues that there are three relevant dimensions – the socioeconomic, the region al and the constitutional – according to which the Presidency structures its po litical preferences. However, Tallberg did not work with consistent data (for example, presidency priorities on EU legislation) and his model is less than comprehensive. Additionally, Tallberg model was created in the context of the EU – 15. By analysing the Czech EU Presidency of 2009 and its legislative priorities, this article a ddresses both shortcomings of the model and applies it to the EU – 27 context. As its main findings, the analysis confirms that Tallberg model is valid when applied to a single EU Presidency and a consistent dataset (legislative priorities) and offers an optimisation of the model. The analysis also confirms Tallberg model is valid for the new EU Member States.
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