Which Policy for Europe

Author: Miriam Hartlapp
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199688036
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Political Science

This book provides a hitherto unprecedented inside view on the European Commission - the institution, which substantially influences the legislative agenda of the European Union. The public usually views the Commission as a technocratic monolith. However, based on the testimony of 150 insiders, our systematic analyses show that the institution is internally ridden with political power struggles that affect the rules that govern Europe. It also provides newfirst-hand insights on some of the most contested policies of the EU's recent history, such as the European Research Council, Food labelling regulation or the Services Directive.

The European Commission and Europe s Democratic Process

Author: Stuart A. Brown
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137505606
Release Date: 2016-05-31
Genre: Political Science

This book examines the multitude of challenges which the European Commission faces: once the centre of political gravity in Europe’s integration process, the growth of Euroscepticism and the emergence of new institutional rivals threaten to undermine its status as an institution. Tracing the roots of the Commission’s decline from the early 1990s through to the Eurozone and refugee crises, Stuart A Brown draws on new evidence to illustrate why the EU’s executive now faces a battle for its future, and asks whether in the reforms of Jean-Claude Juncker the Commission may be facing its last chance. This study will appeal to students and scholars in EU institutions, politics, and public policy.

The European Commission Expert Groups and the Policy Process

Author: Julia Metz
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137437235
Release Date: 2015-08-11
Genre: Political Science

This book challenges the assumption that policy makers' work with advisory committees is emblematic of technocratic governance. Analyzing how and why the European Commission uses expert groups in the policy process, it shows that experts not only solve technical problems, but also function as political devices and negotiators in modern governance.

European Union Politics

Author: Michelle Cini
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198708933
Release Date: 2016-01
Genre:

European Union Politics is the most complete, current, issues-led textbook on the European Union. Written by an expert team of contributors, it fully equips students to understand the European Union and the topical debates and issues which surround it. Alongside comprehensive coverage of the history, theory, institutions, and policies of the EU, the book features a whole section on contemporary issues and current debates, including democracy and legitimacy in the EU, public opinion, the economic crisis, and a brand new chapter on the future of theEU, which is written by a leading expert in the subject. The accessible and wide-ranging nature of this text makes it the ideal starting point for all those wishing to fully understand the workings of this ever-evolving subject. Helpful learning features throughout the text, including key points, questions, and examples, support students' learning, and the book is fully supported by an extensive Online Resource Centre designed to help students take their learning further. For students: * Test your knowledge of the chapters and receive instant feedback with online multiple choice questions.* Take your learning further with relevant web links to reliable online content and links to OUP journal articles.* Revise key terms and concepts from the text with a digital flashcard glossary.* Prepare effectively for assessments with help from the online revision guide.* Expand your knowledge of the EU's member states with an interactive map of Europe.* Remind yourself of key actors in the EU with short biographies of important figures in its history. For registered lecturers * Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested seminar and essay questions.* Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.* Encourage students to participate in active learning with examples of simulation exercises.

Small States Inside and Outside the European Union

Author: Laurent Goetschel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781475728323
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Genre: Political Science

Small States in and outside the European Union offers a broad overview of the small states problematic in Europe. It touches upon definition issues, history, security policy, neutrality, EU institutional aspects and also includes contributors from Central and Eastern European countries. It presents a thorough analysis of different scenarios for EU institutional reform and their repercussions on the influence of small member states. The comparative results are visualized in tables. The work contains several contributions from practitioners who give insight into policy games and issues of national sensitivity not usually covered by purely scholarly publications. The European environment has changed dramatically through the processes of regional integration and rising interdependence. Relations between European states both inside and outside the EU are governed as never before by rules, norms, and fixed procedures. The book investigates the consequences of these developments on the foreign and security policy of small states. Academics and professionals from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as from the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, elaborate on these issues. Institutional regulations and traditional power politics as well as the foreign and security policy traditions of the states concerned, including the question of neutrality, are investigated. In addition, the book identifies the main interests of small states in today's Europe and offers an overview of different strategies these states apply in the realm of foreign and security policy. The book is interesting for the case studies it offers as well as for the reflections it contains regarding fundamental questions of the essence of statehood in today's Europe.

The European Commission of the Twenty First Century

Author: Hussein Kassim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199599523
Release Date: 2013-06-27
Genre: Political Science

Co-authored by an international team of researchers, this book draws on original data from the largest attitudinal survey ever conducted by independent researchers inside the Commission, as well as a structured programme of interviews with senior officials. It provides an authoritative account of the European Commission of the twenty-first century and tests, challenges and refutes many widely held myths about the Commission and the people who work for it.

In Search of Structural Power

Author: Dr Patrick Holden
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409498889
Release Date: 2013-03-28
Genre: Political Science

Offering a clear and logical analysis of the panoply of European Union aid policies and a theoretically informed evaluation of their operation, Patrick Holden contends that the major thrust of EU aid policy is an effort to augment the EU's structural power through targeted political and economic liberalization. Although historically grounded, this book concentrates on EU aid to key world regions in the 21st century. As such, it provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking account of EU aid policy and will be of interest to a wide range of academics, students and policy makers.

A Global Security Triangle

Author: Valeria Bello
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135239350
Release Date: 2009-10-16
Genre: Political Science

This book considers the interactions between Africa, Asia and Europe, analysing the short and long term strategies various states have adopted to external relations. The urgency attached to the agenda of international terrorism and human and drugs- trafficking has forced the European Union into new cooperation with Africa and Asia. These inter-regional relations have taken on new dimensions in the context of contemporary international politics framed by new security challenges, and new competitive forces particularly from Asia. This book provides both conceptual and empirical arguments to offer an innovative perspective on the EU as a global actor. It demonstrates how these three regions interact politically and economically to address global challenges as well as global opportunities, and thus provides an assessment of the multilateralism which the EU clearly stated in its Security Strategy paper. Addressing a broad range of topical issues, the book features chapters on European Security; European Migration Policy; African Union and its peace and security policy; Terrorism and international security; China and its fast growing global role; India, the biggest democracy in the world; and the impact of the Asian economic growth on the global economy. Further it compares the different backgrounds, forms and priorities of regional integrations. A Global Security Triangle will be of interest to all scholars of European politics, security studies, African and Asian studies, and International Relations.

The EU s Role in Global Governance

Author: Bart Van Vooren
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191634734
Release Date: 2013-01-17
Genre: Law

For years the European Union has been looked on as a potential model for cosmopolitan governance, and enjoyed considerable influence on the global stage. The EU has a uniquely strong and legally binding mission statement to pursue international relations on a multilateral basis, founded on the progressive development of international law. The political vision was for the EU to export its values of the rule of law and sophisticated governance mechanisms to the international sphere. Globalization and the financial crisis have starkly illustrated the limits of this vision, and the EU's dependence on global forces partially beyond the control of traditional provinces of law. This book takes stock of the EU's role in global governance. It asks: to what extent can and does the EU shape and influence the on-going re-ordering of legal processes, principles, and institutions of global governance, in line with its optimistic mission statement? With this ambitious remit it covers the legal-institutional and substantive aspects of global security, trade, environmental, financial, and social governance. Across these topics 23 contributors have taken the central question of the extent of the EU's influence on global governance, providing a broad view across the key areas as well as a detailed analysis of each. Through comparison and direct engagement with each other, the different chapters provide a distinctive contribution to legal scholarship on global governance, from a European perspective.

The Further Enlargement of the EU

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords. European Union Committee
Publisher: The Stationery Office
ISBN: IND:30000103175984
Release Date: 2006
Genre: European Union

When Bulgaria and Romania join in January 20097, the EU will have grown from an original 6 to 27 countries. This report looks at the impact of the various enlargements; current attitudes to further enlargement; the concept of absorption capacity and the debate concerning the borders of Europe. It also takes a detailed look at candidates and potential candidates for membership and considers possible alternatives to enlargement and probable costs of not enlarging.

Interest Group Politics in Europe

Author: Jan Beyers
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105124141388
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science

Interest organizations have always assumed a prominent place in European politics because they link states with citizens, institutionalize the resolution of social conflicts, regulate important sectors of the economy and society, contribute to workable policy outcomes and socialize members into democratic politics. However, the plethora of interest group studies that exist have not consolidated our understanding of these actors. These analyses have been subject to the vagaries of different theoretical perspectives and vary greatly in their conceptual and methodological frameworks. Consequently, a not always complementary and fragmented series of findings has emerged. This book is a systematic and comprehensive effort at investigating and integrating the state of the art in European interest group research. Combining the analysis of interest group politics in the EU with the comparative study of interest organizations, the book seeks to identify the areas about which there is consolidated knowledge, that are marked by controversies, in which considerable uncertainty exists, that have been omitted from research programs and that ought to be part of future studies. Thereby, it provides a general reflection on how the study of interest group politics can be improved by linking it to the comparative study of governance. This book was published as a special issue of West European Politics.

Demystifying the European Union

Author: Roy H. Ginsberg
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742536556
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: History

By comparing and contrasting the EU to another union of States across the Atlantic, the United States, this text introduces readers to the historical, legal, economic, and political foundations of European integration, while focusing extensively on the effects of the EU on its own citizens and on the outside world.

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Release Date: 2008
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The External Dimension of EU Justice and Home Affairs

Author: Thierry Balzacq
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230219772
Release Date: 2009-08-15
Genre: Political Science

This book provides an analysis of the European Neighbourhood Policy by focusing on the impact of norms of justice and home affairs on EU external relations. Drawing on the literature of new governance it designs a framework for analysis which clarifies the contents, tools and processes of the external dimension of EU justice and home affairs.