“Avoiding conflict? The EU legislative process in times of tension”, Olivier Rozenberg, Stéphanie Novak, Selma Bendjaballah, Renaud Dehousse (SciencesPo – CNRS, France)

The current crisis could lead us to expect an overall increase of conflicts in the EU legislative process and eventually a shift from a consensual system to a majoritarian system. This paper aims to assess the evolution of the EU legislative process for the period 1996-2014 and shows that legislative actors still comply with the norm of consensus. We provide explanations for this resilience and analyse its effects. The paper demonstrates that in a context of greater divisions between EU actors, the systematic search for compromise and consensus contributes to modify the legislative regime in the sense of a greater Malthusianism and instability.

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