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Within the Council of the European Union (EU), the institution designed to represent 'National interests,' why do researchers continue to find such differential patterns of cooperation? From obdurate fights to ingrained habits for working consensually towards outcomes everyone can live with, the Council system covers a wide spectrum of bargaining behavior. To account for why, we need better explanations of how variation in the Council's institutional environments impacts negotiation styles. Doing so will help researchers develop more systematic accounts of EU decision making that can more accurately map the causal complexity between institutions, behavior, and legislative outcomes.
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