The European Union in international environmental negotiations: an analysis of the Stockholm Convention negotiations

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Series Details Vol.19, No 1, January-February 2009, p21-31
Publication Date January 2009
ISSN 1756-932X
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Abstract: This article focuses on the way the European Union acted as a negotiating party during the international negotiations leading to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (1998-2000). Starting from a principal-agent model, the article discusses how the EU participated in these negotiations and how the internal decision-making process developed. It argues that the EU was able to negotiate in a unified and influential way by defending a common position, which was expressed by a flexible negotiation arrangement, at the international level. Three features of the EU decision-making process engendered such a strong EU negotiation arrangement: homogeneous preferences among the actors in the EU, symmetrically distributed information among them and a cooperative and institutionally dense decision-making context.

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