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Council Checks of the Commission under the European Semester: Does Member State Power and Euroskepticism Still Matter?

Baerg, Nicole and Hallerberg, Mark (2021) 'Council Checks of the Commission under the European Semester: Does Member State Power and Euroskepticism Still Matter?' Journal of Common Market Studies. ISSN 0021-9886 (In Press)

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Abstract

The European Commission recommends evaluations of the economic plans of member states. The Council then provides final text. Previous research suggests that the Council selectively edits the Commission’s recommendations. Both large member states and those with euroskeptic populations are likely to have the Council weaken what the Commission writes about them. We examine the determinants of the Council’s editing of these texts after the introduction of the European Semester in the period 2011-2018. We also account for different varieties of euroskepticism as the literature has become more differentiated than before. Using metrics of textual changes based on automated and hand-coding, we find little evidence of a systematic relationship between euroskepticism and textual editing. We do however find evidence that member state’s voting power and euro status matters. Our findings are suggestive in that any political channel that euroskepticism played in driving textual editing is no longer operating under the European Semester.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union, Fiscal Policy, Stability and Growth Pact, Textual Analysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 13:55
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 13:55
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31168

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