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Plechanovova, Bela

Plechanovova, Bela


Běla Plechanovová, born in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1956. Ph.D. from the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of History. Associated Professor of Political Science at Charles University of Prague.

Theme Group Fellow (1 September 2014 – 31 January 2015)

Behavioural Patterns and Policy Choices in the Council of the EU: Will the Lisbon Treaty Make a Difference?

Research Question

Based on what we know about the behaviour of the Member states in the EU Council and the relevance of the decision-making rules, should we expect a change in EU policies after we change a decision making rule in the Council in 2014?

Project Description

The project will focus on the decision‐making behaviour of member states governments in the Council of the EU after the new decision‐making rule will be applicable from 2014 onwards. The contribution rests, first, in the innovative approach to the assessment of the voting power of the EU member states when the new decision‐making rule will be applicable and second, integrating the theoretical and empirical components of the assessment of the influence of Council members on the policy outcomes to provide an input into the simulations of their behaviour after the new rules are applied. The project builds on previous research – both individual and collective with the team of the DEUBAL project – on the voting power distribution in the Council of the EU and the patterns of decision‐making after the Eastern enlargement and before and after the Lisbon Treaty.

Selected Publications

1) Plechanovová, Běla (2013) National actors in post-Lisbon EU: Should we expect a change of national strategies? West European Politics, 36(6): 1199-1220.

2) Plechanovová, Běla (2011) The EU Council enlarged: North-South-East or core-periphery?, European Union Politics, 12(1): 87-106.

3) Plechanovová, Běla (2004) Draft Constitution and the Decision-making Rule for the Council of Ministers of the EU – Looking for Alternative Solution. European Integration online Papers, 8(12).

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