2022-12-13: Agenda Set­ting in the EU: Com­pet­i­tive or Col­lab­o­ra­tive?

Jean Monnet Lecture by Amie Kreppel, Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam), University of Florida (USA); 7:00 pm; HS 1, SoWi building, University of Innsbruck.

HS 1, University of Innsbruck, SoWi building, ground floor, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A (how to reach us)

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

7:00 pm to approximately 8:30 pm

This event is held in English.

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The locus of agenda setting power in the EU has long been a topic of scholarly debate. While formal rules suggest a dominant role for the Commission, political realities point towards other institutions such as the European Council (EUCO) or Council of the EU (Council). Additionally, treaty revisions since the 1987 Single European Act have all incorporated some degree of increased empowerment of the European Parliament (EP), suggesting that it also should be considered among the possible EU agenda setters, or at least agenda influencers. The search for a sole, or primary source of agenda power in the EU has been inconclusive because it is fundamentally misguided. The institutional context of the EU requires consensus building not just in decision making, but also during the agenda setting process. While relative influence of the core institutions varies across procedure, policy arena and the character of initiatives, in general successful agenda setting resulting in substantive policy outcomes occurs through collaboration rather than competition.

Prof. Amie Kreppel

Amie Kreppel (credit: private)

Amie Kreppel is a Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam), Director of the Center for European Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. She has been a Fulbright-Schuman Chair at the College of Europe and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) as well as a visiting faculty member at the Université Louis Pasteur (France), the Institut für Höhere Studien (Austria), the l'Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre Bruxelles (Belgium) and the Università LUISS Guido Carli (Italy).  Dr. Kreppel has written extensively on the political institutions of Europe, the EU and Italy. Her publications include a book on the Development of the European Parliament (Cambridge University Press), as well as two co-edited volumes on Decision Making After the Lisbon Treaty (Routledge) and Italian Politics (Il Mulino/Berghann) and articles in a variety of journals including Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Public Administration, the Journal of European Public Policy and the Journal of Common Market Studies. She is a past president of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) and the APSA Conference Group on Italian Politics, as well as a former co-editor of the Italian Political Science Review (IPSR)/Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (RISP).


Discussant: Dr. Camilla Mariotto and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck



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Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck

Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and EU integration, University of Innsbruck



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