The Co-decision Trap: How the Co-decision Procedure Hindered CAP Reform

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Series Details Volume 50, Number 1, Pages 52-58
Publication Date January-February 2015
ISSN 0020-5346
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Since the 1980s, the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy has undergone a series of reforms that were facilitated by the changes in decision-making rules such as the introduction of the qualified majority vote. This article argues that the introduction of the co-decision procedure under the Lisbon Treaty, which increased the European Parliament’s legislative powers, has generated a “co-decision trap” that has hindered further reforms.

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