The Increasing Power of the European Parliament: Negotiating the EU-India Free Trade Agreement

Frennhoff Larsen, M. 2017. The Increasing Power of the European Parliament: Negotiating the EU-India Free Trade Agreement. International Negotiation. 22 (3), pp. 473-498. doi:10.1163/15718069-12341353

TitleThe Increasing Power of the European Parliament: Negotiating the EU-India Free Trade Agreement
AuthorsFrennhoff Larsen, M.
Abstract

Since the Lisbon Treaty increased the legal role of the European Parliament (EP) in EU trade policy, there has been a debate about the extent to which these legal competencies have translated into actual influence over the content and outcome of EU trade negotiations. Using the case study of the on-going trade negotiations between the EU and India, this article argues that the impact of the EP has indeed been significant. Through two-level game analysis, which extends its domestic focus to include the EP as a domestic constituent, it demonstrates how the EP has affected the EU win-set in ways that have both hindered and facilitated agreement at the international level between the EU and India. It also shows how the EP has affected the negotiating dynamics and how the EU negotiators have had their preferences somewhat compromised by the EP in their attempt at reaching an agreement with India.

KeywordsEuropean Union, European Parliament, trade, negotiations, India, two-level game
JournalInternational Negotiation
Journal citation22 (3), pp. 473-498
ISSN1382-340X
Year2017
PublisherBrill
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1163/15718069-12341353
Publication dates
Published online03 Apr 2017
Published03 Apr 2017

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