Searching & Teaching the EU

Summer School and Workshop, July 8-14 , San Sebastian.

Both the Summer School and the Workshop focus on the analysis of the EU's decision making institutions. They are the two main activities within the project "Searching & Teaching the EU's Institutions", which is being carried out with the support of the European Community*.

The financial support from the Departamento de Educación, Universidades e Investigación del Gobierno Vasco, and from the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología del Gobierno Español, as well as from the Fundación Cursos de Verano de la UPV/EHU, is also gratefully acknowledged.

 

8-11 July 2002, Summer School

EU decision-making:  Assessment and design of procedures

 

Objective

The aim of this summer school is to present in a systematic way and discuss a repertoire of basic formal notions, models and results that can be useful for an analysis of the European decision-making process.  To this end researchers from different fields (mainly political scientists, economists, game theorists and mathematicians) will present the updated state of the art. In order to stimulate the interactions between the participants, large place will be let to discussion.

 

Lectures

1. Voting rules, voting behaviour and voting power (F. Valenciano)

2. Evaluation of the decision-making within the EU Council of Ministers

  • "One person, one vote" criterion (A. Laruelle)
  • Efficiency and Majority deficit criteria (M. Machover)

3. Computation of Power Indices (D. Leech)

4. Decision-making involving the main European institutions

  • Evaluation of institutional and national influence (F. Turnovec)
  • Evaluating inter-institutional power (M.Widgrén)

5. Evaluation of alternative decision procedures (H. Nurmi)

 

Papers presented by participants

1. The effective number of parties and power indices (J-F. Caulier)

2. Coalition formation in Western Europe. An empirical assessment of voting power analysis (P. Dumont)

3. Empirical voting power in the Council of EU (A. Pajala)

4. European Union enlargement: power distribution in two main institutional bodies (V.Yakuba)

 

Speakers 

  1. Annick Laruelle, Department of Economics, University of Alicante, Spain.
  2. Dennis Leech, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK.
  3. Moshé Machover, C. Phil.. of the Nat. and Soc. Sc., London School of Economics, UK.
  4. Hannu Nurmi, Department of Political Science, University of Turku, Finland.
  5. Frantisek Turnovec, Inst. of Economic Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic.
  6. Federico Valenciano, Dep. of Appl. Econ. IV, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
  7. Mika Widgrén, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland.

 

Participants

  1. Hans E. Andersson, Dep. of Political Science, Goteborg University, Sweden.
  2. Franck Bisson, Department of Economics, University of Caen, France.
  3. Jean-François Caulier, Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Belgium.
  4. Harrie de Swart, Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  5. Patrick Dumont, Dep. of Pol. Sc., Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  6. Maria Ekes, Institute of Econometrics, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.
  7. István Hegedus, Dept. of Communication, Budapest University, Hungary.
  8. Maria Isabel Martin Iglesias, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
  9. Mercedes Mateo, Dep. of Pol. Sc., Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  10. Oliver Mayer, Inst. for Econ. Th. and OR, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  11. Antti Pajala, Department of Political Science, University of Turku, Finland.
  12. Thommy Perlinger, Department of Statistics, University of Kalmar, Sweden.
  13. Agnieszka Rusinowska, Dep. of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  14. Burkhard Schade, Institute for Policy Research, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  15. Vadim Strelkovski, Inst. of Economic st., Charles University, Czech Republic.
  16. Simon Terrington, Dep. of Philosophy, Kings College London, United Kingdom.
  17. Tulio Vazquez, Law School, University of Salamanca, Spain.
  18. Viatcheslav Yakuba, Institute of Control Sciences in Moscow, Rusia.

 

12-14 July, Workshop

Modelling the European decision-making

 

Papers presented

  • Spatial and Voting Power Analyses: Insights from a Public Choice Approach (S. Bilal)
  • Characterizations of the plurality ranking rule and of k-vote rules (H. de Swart, R. Bosch and E. vd Hout)
  • On the European Parliament size (C. Bertini, G. Gambarelli and I. Stach-Janas)
  • Voters’ preferences and power indices (A. Laruelle and F. Valenciano)
  • The use of Coleman's power indices to inform the choice of voting rule with reference to the EU Council of Ministers (D. Leech)
  • The resistance of voting rules (M. Braham and I. Lindner)
  • The Effect of the Quota in a Weighted Voting Body with a Given Distribution of Voting Power: an Application to the 27-Member CM. (D. Leech and M. Machover)
  • Approaching algorithm for seats distribution in a decision making body (J. Mercik)
  • Strategic power revisited (S. Napel and M. Widgrén)
  • Decision rules in the Council (H. Nurmi)
  • Voting power in tree games (T. Perlinger)
  • On the Hoede-Bakker index (H. de Swart and A. Rusinowska)
  • Local Monotonicity and Straffin’s Partial Homogeneity Approach to the Measurement of Voting Power (M. Braham and F. Steffen)
  • The insignificance of the significance: A comparison of procedural models on EU decision-making (T. Selck and B. Steunenberg)
  • Models of the EU Decision Making Procedures (F. Turnovec)
  • Weighted voting, abstention, and multiple levels of approval (J. Freixas and W. Zwicker)

 

List of participants

  1. Hans E. Andersson, Department of Political Science, Goteborg University, Sweden.
  2. San Bilal, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom.
  3. Franck Bisson, Department of Economics, University of Caen, France.
  4. Jean-François Caulier, Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Belgium.
  5. Harrie de Swart, Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
  6. Patrick Dumont, Dep. of Pol. Science, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  7. Maria Ekes, Institute of Econometrics, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.
  8. Gianfranco Gambarelli, Dep. of Mathematics, University of Bergamo, Italy.
  9. István Hegedus, Dept. of Communication, Budapest University, Hungary.
  10. Annick Laruelle, Department of Economics, University of Alicante, Spain.
  11. Dennis Leech, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK.
  12. Ines Lindner, Institute of Socio Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  13. Moshé Machover, London School of Economics, UK.
  14. Maria Isabel Martin Iglesias, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
  15. Mercedes Mateo, Dep. of Pol. Science, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  16. Oliver Mayer, Inst. for Econ. Th. and OR, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  17. Jacek Mercik, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland.
  18. Stefan Napel, Department of Economics, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  19. Hannu Nurmi, Department of Political Science, University of Turku, Finland.
  20. Antti Pajala, Department of Political Science, University of Turku, Finland.
  21. Thommy Perlinger, Department of Statistics, University of Kalmar, Sweden.
  22. Agnieszka Rusinowska, Dep. of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  23. Burkhard Schade, Institute for Policy Research, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  24. Frank Steffen, Inst. of Socio Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  25.  Bernard Steunenberg, Dep. of Pub. Admin., Leiden University, Netherlands.
  26. Vadim Strelkovski, Inst. of Econ. St., Charles University, Czech Republic.
  27. Frantisek Turnovec, Inst. of Econ. St., Charles University, Czech Republic.
  28. Federico Valenciano, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
  29. Tulio Vazquez, Law School, University of Salamanca, Spain.
  30. Mika Widgrén, Turku School of Economics and Business Adm., Finland.
  31. Viatcheslav Yakuba, Institute of Control Sciences in Moscow, Rusia.
  32. William Zwicker, Dep of Mathematics, Union College, USA

 

Organization

Annick Laruelle, University of Alicante

Federico Valenciano, University of the Basque Country


*The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of the European Community, nor does it involve any responsability on the part of the European Community.

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