1st Edition

Leadership in Disguise Role of the European Commission in EC Decision-making on Agriculture in the Uruguay Round

By Remco Vahl Copyright 1997
    319 Pages
    by Routledge

    324 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1997, this volume is situated within a general discussion in which the European Commission is the subject of much myth and speculation. While the political debate on its role in EC decision-making continues, there is still little consensus among academics on the basic nature of the institution – is the Commission an independent, supranational body, or is it dominated by intergovernmental influences?

    Leadership in Disguise enters this general discussion by providing an original empirical analysis of the Commission’s role during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations (1986-93). Focusing on the controversial agricultural issue, the book sets out to discover how decisions were made within the European Community.

    This is a systematic and thorough study of how the Commission can play a leading role in Community decision-making, and will appeal to policy-makers, students and all those seeking an insight into the Commission’s role and EC decision-making.

    1. Role of the European Commission. 2. The Run-Up to the Uruguay Round. 3. Protecting the Common Agricultural Policy While Liberalizing Agricultural Trade: from Punta del Este to the Mid-Term Review. 4. Decreasing Room for Manoeuvre for the Commission: from the Mid-Term Review to the Houston G7 Summit. 5. Gearing Up for the Final Phase: from Houston to Heysel. 6. Getting the Uruguay Round Back on Track: Towards the Draft Final Act. 7. Breakthrough: "Blair House" and Beyond. 8. The Final Hurdles: Making "Blair House" Acceptable. 9. Conclusions.


    Remco Vahl