• Simone Bunse
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


In the light of the fierce reform debates of the Council presidency over the past few years and the divide it triggered between the big and small Member States – reflected most recently in the arguments by Irish voters for rejecting the Lisbon treaty in the June 2008 referendum – this book set out to investigate two interlinked questions: (a) why the rotating presidency was the single most contentious issue in the institutional reform discussions over the past years?; and (b) why especially small states have been such adamant supporters of the status quo and hence rotation? To answer these questions, it presented a systematic and comparative study of the presidency’s role and influence within the EU’s system of governance and challenged a number of common assumptions both in the presidency literature and in the reform debate.


Foreign Policy Small State Policy Entrepreneur Lisbon Treaty Western Balkan Country 
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© Simone Bunse 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Bunse
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  1. 1.INCAE Business SchoolCosta Rica

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