Sweden and the intergovernmental conference: Testing the 'membership diamond'

Authors: Miles, L.

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Journal: Cooperation and Conflict: Nordic journal of international studies

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: 339-366

Publisher: SAGE

ISSN: 0010-8367

DOI: 10.1177/0010836798033004001

Since joining the European Union in January 1995, Sweden has been confronted with a relatively dynamic EU agenda — a situation complicated by the fact that the country has a generally EU sceptical population. This study examines Swedish perspectives on the 1996-7 Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), which culminated in the June 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam. It explores the relevance of Miles's `Membership Diamond' through the application of two IGC-related case studies — openness and transparency and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) — both of which were central platforms of Swedish proposals for the conference. The author argues that whilst some revisions are necessary the Diamond provides a useful conceptual framework and supplementary vehicle to theories of `twolevel' games.

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Authors: Miles, L.

Journal: Cooperation and Conflict

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: 339-366

eISSN: 1460-3691

ISSN: 0010-8367

DOI: 10.1177/0010836798033004001

Since joining the European Union in January 1995, Sweden has been confronted with a relatively dynamic EU agenda - a situation complicated by the fact that the country has a generally EU sceptical population. This study examines Swedish perspectives on the 1996-7 Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), which culminated in the June 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam. It explores the relevance of Miles's 'Membership Diamond' through the application of two IGC-related case studies - openness and transparency and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) - both of which were central platforms of Swedish proposals for the conference. The author argues that whilst some revisions are necessary the Diamond provides a useful conceptual framework and supplementary vehicle to theories of 'twolevel' games.© 1998 NISA.

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