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Public deliberations in the council of the European Union: Introducing and validating DICEU

Wratil, Christopher and Hobolt, Sara (2019) Public deliberations in the council of the European Union: Introducing and validating DICEU. European Union Politics, 20 (3). pp. 511-531. ISSN 1741-2757

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1465116519839152

Abstract

The Council of the European Union is the European Union’s most powerful legislative body. Yet, we still have limited information about Council politics because of the lack of suitable data. This paper validates a new approach to studying Council politics entitled DICEU – Debates in the Council of the European Union. This approach is the first to leverage the public videos of Council deliberations as a data source. We demonstrate the face, convergent, and predictive validity of DICEU data. Governments’ ideal points scaled from these videos yield meaningful and well-known conflict dimensions. Moreover, governments’ positions during Council negotiations correlate highly with expert assessments and predict subsequent votes on legislative acts. We conclude that DICEU data provide a promising new approach to studying Council politics and multilevel governance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 11:39
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100226

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