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» Political science
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Interests include European Union politics; legislative decision making; big data approaches to EU politics; game theory; and legislative transparency.
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Dr. James P. CrossJC is a Lecturer in European Public Policy at University College Dublin. His current research
investigates decision-making processes and negotiator agency in legislative negotiations in the EU, focusing on
member state interactions within the Council of Ministers during the legislative process. In addition, it examines
how the Council interacts with other legislative bodies over the course of negotiations to reach decisions at the
EU level. This research seeks to identify the influence of the institutional environment on the decision-making
process by detailing how negotiators respond to different institutional contexts in which legislation is discussed.
Dr. Cross previously spent time as a post-doctoral researcher in the EUP research group at the ETH Zürich from
September 2011 until December 2013. He also spent the 2013/2014 academic year as a Jean Monnet Fellow at
the European University Institute in Florence. There he worked on a project entitled “Legislative Negotiations in
the European Union (LNEU)”. This project involved constructing a large database on the legislative process of
the EU, with a particular focus on inter-institutional relations between the Commission, Council and Parliament.
As part of this project, he developed and used text-analysis methods to track changes to draft legislation over
the course of negotiations.
As a Ph.D. candidate at Trinity College Dublin working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Robert Thomson, he
conducted research that explored the legislative decision-making process at the COREPER and Working Group
of negotiation within the Council of Ministers. In particular, his doctoral dissertation focused on the manner in
which member states exert their influence over the legislative process through interventions made during
negotiations, making reference to various theory-based explanations of member state behaviour and legislative