James is a post doctoral researcher in the EUP research group since September 2011. His current research considers decision-making processes and negotiator agency in legislative negotiations in the EU. It examines member state interactions within the Council of Ministers during the legislative process, and examines how the Council interacts with other legislative bodies over the course of negotiations to reach decisions at the EU level. The research seeks to account for the influence that the institutional environment has on the decision-making process, by detailing how negotiators respond to different institutional contexts in which legislation is discussed.
James is currently spending the 2012/2013 academic year as a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
As a Ph.D. candidate at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Thomson, he completed research that examines the legislative decision-making process at the Coreper and Working Group levels of negotiation within the Council of Ministers. In particular, it focused on the manner in which member states exert their influence over the legislative process, through interventions made over the course of negotiations, and explored various theory-based explanations of member state behaviour and legislative decision making.
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