Credibility, rules and power in the European Union institutions: a transactional analysis of the "Stability and Growth pact"

Abel Caballero, Gonzalo Caballero, Abel Losada
2006 Brazilian Journal of Political Economy  
The credibility of the rules and the elements of power constitute fundamental keys in the analysis of the political institutions. This paper opens the "black box" of the European Union institutions and analyses the problem of credibility in the commitment of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This Pact (SGP) constituted a formal rule that tried to enforce budgetary discipline on the European States. Compliance with this contract could be ensured by the existence of "third party enforcement"
more » ... arty enforcement" or by the coincidence of the ex-ante and ex-post interests of the States (reputational capital). The fact is that states such as France or Germany failed to comply with the ruling and managed to avoid the application of sanctions. This article studies the transactions and the hierarchy of power that exist in the European institutions, and analyses the institutional framework included in the new European Constitution.
doi:10.1590/s0101-31572006000300007 fatcat:hgm5b62hafcxtp2w3r6mhv4oge