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Analyzing inter-state negotiations in the Eurozone crisis and beyond

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Frieden Jeffry, Walter Stefanie,
Project Distributional Conflicts and the Politics of Adjustment in the Eurozone Crisis
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal European Union Politics
Volume (Issue) 20(1)
Page(s) 134 - 151
Title of proceedings European Union Politics
DOI 10.1177/1465116518813450


Analyzing international negotiations among the member states of the European Union raises a number of analytical issues, especially in unusual circumstances such as the Eurozone crisis. Our article discusses these issues in the light of existing theory and informed by the empirical analyses assembled in this special issue. ‘National preferences’ or ideal points of the governments involved are driven by their domestic socio-economic and political conditions and institutions, the dimensionality of the negotiations, and strategic considerations. We then discuss how national preferences, states’ bargaining power, the strategic and institutional bargaining context, and the bargaining dynamics jointly influence the bargaining outcome. Examples from European negotiations in the context of the Eurozone crisis illustrate both the complexity of the process and the value of serious, theoretically informed, empirical analysis.