What makes a 'good' EU presidency? A comparison between the two most recent Italian and Irish experiences in office can be instrumental in evaluating the crucial factors that affect presidency performance. The argument is developed in three main stages. Firstly, four key roles are selected in order to benchmark presidencies. Secondly, these roles are applied to the empirical record as criteria to devise a score-card of the two presidencies under consideration. Thirdly, presidency-specific factors are elicited and analysed, arguing that intangible assets, such as knowledge of EU affairs (process expertise, content expertise and information); political credibility and reputation; and general attitudes towards European integration, are crucial in performing the roles of president-in-office effectively and legitimately.
|Translated title of the contribution
|What Makes a Good EU Presidency? Italy and Ireland compared
|349 - 368
|Number of pages
|Journal of Common Market Studies
|Published - Jun 2006