Working Paper BETA #2011-16

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Title : The EU legislation game: the case of asylum law

Author(s) : Jenny Monheim-Helstroffer, Marie Obidzinski

Abstract : The newly introduced codecision procedure in asylum lawmaking at the EU level is analyzed through the lens of bargaining theory. We find a substantial institutional status quo bias, which can contribute to explain the current delays in asylum lawmaking. When a policy is agreed on, codecision increases the European Parliament’s influence, although the bargaining outcome is biased towards the Council of Ministers. It can nonetheless improve asylum seekers’ welfare. The Commission detains an agenda setting power.

Key-words : Asylum policy, Public choice, Codecision, EU institutions, Human rights

JEL Classification : D72, D78, F22, K42, H53