Federation with Majority Decisions: Economic Lessons from the History of the United States, Germany and the European Union

7 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2004

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Roland Vaubel

University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL)

Abstract

This article examines the potential impact of qualified majority voting on decision-making within the EU. It draws on the experience of US federalism, Germany under Bismarck and the UK in the European Union. In each case, it is shown that geographical majorities (nations, states or regions) have used majority decision-making as a means of increasing their rivals' costs. It is argued that to prevent such behaviour in the future in the EU, the proposed Constitutional Treaty should raise, not lower, the decision-making quorum.

Suggested Citation

Vaubel, Roland, Federation with Majority Decisions: Economic Lessons from the History of the United States, Germany and the European Union. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=633417

Roland Vaubel (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL) ( email )

Mannheim 68131
Germany

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