Award of JCMS best article prize 2015
'Money Makes the World Go Round: the Objective Foundation of Conflict in the Council of Ministers'
The editior's message to Prof. Bailer:
I am pleased to be able to inform you that a JCMS Jury has agreed unanimously to award you the JCMS Best Article Prize 2015 for your article 'Money Makes the World Go Round: the Objective Foundation of Conflict in the Council of Ministers'.
The Jury (Jakob de Haan, Gijs Jan Brandsma and Natalia Chaban) provided this short commendation:
This paper examines the extent to which structural attributes of the Member States explain the conflict within the Council of Ministers in general as well as in selected policy domains (agriculture, fisheries, environment, economic affairs). Drawing on the political economy literature of legislative decision-making, a multilevel analysis shows that country-level redistributive interests shape the interactions considerably and in some of the policy domains that are examined in more detail. The impact of ideological variables like the left-right positioning of the Member State governments remains inconsistent and marginal in this analysis.The jury considered this a very impressive empirical work that is well presented and that makes a clear contribution to our (surprisingly limited) knowledge in this field. The topic is highly relevant, both from a scientific and policy perspective. The approach employed in this paper is considered highly innovative and very well executed.