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The ties that unbind: intergovernmental decision rules and the policy-opinion link

Sorace, Miriam (2023) The ties that unbind: intergovernmental decision rules and the policy-opinion link. Journal of European Public Policy, 30 (8). pp. 1609-1632. ISSN 1350-1763. E-ISSN 1466-4429. (doi:10.1080/13501763.2022.2086604) (KAR id:98099)


Whether territorial (intergovernmental) decision rules adversely impact the policy-opinion link is a controversial topic, and unresolved in part due to a lack of empirical evidence. This study leverages the European Union's (EU) codecision reform – introduced to tackle the EU's democratic deficit – to evaluate whether it caused EU policies to better track public opinion (mood).. The analysis links an original dataset of ideologically scaled EU policies with existing datasets on European public opinion (1990–2008) and applies the difference-in-differences (DiD) causal inference design. The study finds that EU policies adopted under codecision more closely track European public opinion shifts. The finding supports the argument that territorial legislative procedures can hurt the democratic legitimacy of public policies. This has significant implications for the reform of the EU and of global governance, and contributes to the broader field of political representation and the debate on territorial representation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2086604
Uncontrolled keywords: Causal inference; employment policy; European Union; political representation; public opinion; text analysis
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: London School of Economics and Political Science (
Depositing User: Miriam Sorace
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2022 10:25 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 19:39 UTC
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