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Comment la France définit ses intérêts dans l'Union européenne

Abstract : This article offers an institutionalist explanation of French positions on the future of Europe from the Maastricht Treaty of 1992 through the Constitutional Treaty of 2004. It argues that the single most important determinant of French preferences was the unfolding institutional logic of the constitution-drafting exercise itself. More specifically, it highlights certain typically institutional phenomena, like the formatting of debates and the occurrence of path dependency. The resulting institutional logic of French preference formation prevailed over ambitions of national power, considerations of decision-making efficiency, and political leaders’ visions of Europe. Domestic politics also played a relatively minor role because the French constitution freed the president from the necessity of domestic coalition-building.
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Nicolas Jabko. Comment la France définit ses intérêts dans l'Union européenne. Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2005, 55 (2), pp.221 - 242. ⟨10.3917/rfsp.552.0221⟩. ⟨hal-03458911⟩



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