Stéphanie Novak

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    The trade-off between transparency and efficiency in EU decision making is not as straightforward as some claim

The trade-off between transparency and efficiency in EU decision making is not as straightforward as some claim

The EU has taken several steps to make its decision making more transparent, but many key decisions are still taken behind closed doors. As Stéphanie Novak and Maarten Hillebrandt explain, one of the main reasons for this is the perception that increasing transparency could undermine the efficiency of decision making. Drawing from a new study, they argue that although […]

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Decisions made by consensus in the Council of the European Union are often far more contentious than the voting record would suggest

Even when decisions in the Council of the European Union take place under qualified majority voting procedures, there is a tendency for votes to be unanimous among all EU member states. Stéphanie Novak writes that while this feature of Council decision-making has often been regarded as proof of a ‘climate of consensus’ among EU states, it partly reflects the desire […]

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