Interesses nacionais no contexto da UE
: Portugal e o orçamento de longo prazo da UE para 2021-2027

  • Sabrina Marques Silva Costa (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The following research intends to deepen the Member States’ strategy to pursue their domestic preferences within the context of the European Union. More specifically, how they try to achieve their nation’s interests during the negotiations for the European Union's long-term budget. For this analysis it was chosen Portugal’s negotiations of the EU’s long-term budget 2021-2027 as a case study. The research is divided into 3 major parts, the first being a literature review on the theories of international relations related to the national preferences in the European context, as well as the negotiations of the long-term budget of the European Union and the domestic preferences of the Member States. The second part summarizes the negotiation’s framework of the European long-term budget, providing details related to the process flow, its different phases and multiple participants. Finally, on the third moment, to undertake the analysis of the chosen case study, Putnam's (1988) two-level game theory was applied in order to analyse the national preferences of Portugal as well as the different strategies observed during the negotiations for the European long-term budget. This method was used to recreate the negotiation framework taking into account the specific framework of the long-term EU budget’s negotiations and the Portuguese negotiations’ tactic to pursue their national preferences. Considering the research hypotheses, it was possible to answer the research question, providing an evaluation on whether Portugal's national preferences are reflected in the final result of the EU's long-term budget for 2021-2027.
Date of Award25 Jul 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSónia Ribeiro (Supervisor)


  • National preferences
  • Negotiations
  • EU budget
  • Game theory


  • Mestrado em Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais: Segurança e Defesa

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