The European Union Presidency

Author: Leszek Jesień
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 3034312741
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Foreign Language Study

The basic questions of this book concern the contemporary role and importance of the presidency in the European Union. How has the presidency - initially quite a modest function - been able to gain such a significant role for the EU proceedings? It managed to initiate far-reaching projects, solve basic negotiating problems, or - until the Lisbon treaty - to represent the Union externally. What are the main challenges related to its preparations and how it is run? Answers to these questions seem to be necessary to capture the elements of the contemporary dispute over the political leadership in the European Union, narrowed down to the issue of the presidency and its institutional role in the EU decision-making system. Hence, another question arises: What is the significance of the presidency for the general models of European integration? Understanding that would help us not only to explain the long-term integration trends, but would also provide a reference framework for practical projects that might be undertaken by future presidencies. The basic theory of European integration tested here is institutionalism in its various formulations.

The European Union and Interregionalism

Author: Mathew Doidge
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780754698319
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Political Science

Exploring interregionalism beyond the core Europe-Asia partnerships, including the network of relations centred on ASEAN, this book is suitable for those engaged in consideration of interregional structures to understand how patterns of EU-centred interregional engagement are evident in the broader network of interregional relationships.

Leadership and Negotiation in the European Union

Author: Jonas Tallberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139458979
Release Date: 2006-08-24
Genre: Political Science

In this 2006 book, Jonas Tallberg offers a novel perspective on some of the most fundamental questions about international cooperation and European Union politics. Offering the first systematic theoretical and empirical exploration of the influence wielded by chairmen of multilateral negotiations, Tallberg develops a rationalist theory of formal leadership and demonstrates its explanatory power through carefully selected case studies of EU negotiations. He shows that the rotating Presidency of the EU constitutes a power platform that grants governments unique opportunities to shape the outcomes of negotiations. His provocative analysis establishes that Presidencies, while performing vital functions for the EU, simultaneously exploit their privileged political position to favour national interests. Extending the scope of the analysis to international negotiations on trade, security and the environment, Tallberg further demonstrates that the influence of the EU Presidency is not an isolated occurrence but the expression of a general phenomenon in world politics - the power of the chair.

The European Council and European Governance

Author: François Foret
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317962359
Release Date: 2013-12-04
Genre: Political Science

In recent years, the failure of the constitutional process, the difficult ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the several crises affecting Europe have revitalized the debate on the nature of the European polity and the balance of powers in Brussels. This book explains the redistribution of power in the post-Lisbon EU with a focus on the European Council. Reform of institutions and the creation of new political functions at the top of the European Union have raised fresh questions about leadership and accountability. This book argues that the European Union exhibits a political order with hierarchies, mechanisms of domination and legitimating narratives. As such, it can be understood by analysing what happens at its summit. Taking the European Council as the nexus of European political governance, contributors consider council and rotating presidencies' co-operation, rivalry and opposition. The book combines approaches through events, processes and political structures, issues and the biographical trajectories of actors and explores how the founding compromise of European integration between sovereignty and supranationality is affected by the evolving nature of this new European political model which aims to combine cooperation and integration. The European Council and European Governance will be of strong interest to students and scholars of European studies, political science, political sociology, public policy and international relations.

A Companion to European Union Law and International Law

Author: Anna Södersten
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119037651
Release Date: 2016-03-15
Genre: Philosophy

Featuring contributions from renowned scholars, A Companion to European Union Law and International Law presents a comprehensive and authoritative collection of essays that addresses all of the most important topics on European Union and international law. Integrates the fields of European Union law and international law, revealing both the similarities and differences Features contributions from renowned scholars in the fields of EU law and international law Covers a broad range of topical issues, including trade, institutional decision-making, the European Court of Justice, democracy, human rights, criminal law, the EMU, and many others

Unveiling the Council of the European Union

Author: D. Naurin
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230583788
Release Date: 2008-09-24
Genre: Political Science

Thanks to new transparency rules and increased efforts by scholars, researchers are better equipped than ever before to analyze the decision-making processes of the Council of the European Union and to test old wisdoms. This book covers the most contentious areas and important debates in current research.

The Europeanization of National Political Parties

Author: Thomas Poguntke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134143535
Release Date: 2007-02-12
Genre: Political Science

This is a detailed exploration of how national political parties have responded to the increasing relevance of European governance. The Europeanization of National Political Parties is the first empirical study to examine the effects of the European Union on the internal organizational dynamics of national political parties. It draws on the results of a major, cross-national project and is based on documentary analysis and some 150 interviews with senior party actors in six EU member states: Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Situated in the context of the debate on Europeanization, the contributors illustrate that national political parties have been surprisingly well equipped to handle the challenges of the increasing importance of multi-level governance in Europe. Following a rigorous analytical framework, the country studies examine thirty relevant political parties and systematically address a clearly defined set of empirical questions. The volume ends with two comparative chapters that analyze the findings from a cross-national perspective and that offer theoretical insights into the problems of party government amid increasing European integration. This text will appeal to all those researching in the fields of European studies, political science and comparative politics.

Encyclopedia of Governance

Author: Mark Bevir
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452265520
Release Date: 2006-12-13
Genre: Political Science

The Encyclopedia of Governance provides a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex topics surrounding governance for the period between the collapse of the post-war consensus and the rise of neoliberal regimes in the 1970s. This comprehensive resource concentrates primarily on topics related to the changing nature and role of the state in recent times and the ways in which these roles have been conceptualized in the areas of Political Science, Public Administration, Political Economy, and Sociology.

People Who Run Europe

Author: Edward C. Page
Publisher: Clarendon Press
ISBN: 9780191583704
Release Date: 1996-12-26
Genre: Political Science

In the minds of many, Brussels is very closely associated with bureaucracy. Yet we know little about the character of the European Union's bureaucracy. Professor Page draws upon a wide range of empirical sources to present a picture of the administrative system of the EU. He discusses the complexities of its internal organization and goes on to explore the people who work in it. As a multinational organization its procedures for appointment and promotion reflect in part the need to maintain a professional career civil service and in part the desire to secure a fair mix of nationalities among top officials. People who Run Europe looks at the distinctive features of the administrative system which these two principles help to produce as well as at the nature of the people - their backgrounds, careers and skills - who are attracted to it. The author also examines the role of top officials in the decision making process, above all in their dealings with politicians and interest groups.

Gendering the European Union

Author: G. Abels
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230353299
Release Date: 2012-01-06
Genre: Political Science

An exploration of European integration as seen through a gender lens. This book looks at integration theories, institutional relationships, enlargement, the development of gender law and the role of formal actors, scholars and expert networks in the EU policy-making process. With a focus on gender mainstreaming as a new approach to gender policy.

The Origins of Mercosur

Author: G. Gardini
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230105546
Release Date: 2010-02-15
Genre: Political Science

This book is a study of the processes of democratization and regionalization in the Southern Cone of Latin America, which ran roughly parallel to one another between 1985 and 1991.

Africa Yearbook

Author: Andreas Mehler
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004168053
Release Date: 2008-10-29
Genre: Social Science

The Africa Yearbook is a reliable source of reference covering major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends of all sub-Saharan states a " all related to developments in one calendar year.

The Council of the European Union

Author: Martin Westlake
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015060819169
Release Date: 2004
Genre: European Union

"Written and edited by a group of senior EU officials and practitioners, this is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the European Union's most important and most powerful institution. Fully updated to include the 2004 enlargement and the implications of the new constitutional treaty, it is an indispensable reference work for anybody who has to work with the European Union."--BOOK JACKET.