The Institutions of the European Union - Fourth Edition


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The Institutions of the European Union is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the functions, powers, and composition of the EU's institutions. From the Council of Ministers to the European Central Bank, all of the most important organizations are analysed and explained by international experts. Updates for the fourth edition include discussions of the impact of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the euro crisis on the EU's institutions. Authoritative yet accessible, it remains the best guide to how this range of different bodies work together to provide political direction, manage policies, and integrate contrasting interests within the European Union.

Table of contents

1: Theorizing EU Institutions: Why They Matter for Politics and International Relations, Dermot Hodson and John Peterson 2: The History of EU Institutions: Six Decades of Institutional Change, Renaud Dehousse and Paul Magnette PART I Providing Direction 3: The European Council: A Formidable Locus of Power, Philippe de Schoutheete 4: The Council of Ministers: Conflict, Consensus, and Continuity, Fiona Hayes-Renshaw 5: The College of Commissioners: Supranational Leadership and Presidential Politics, John Peterson 6: The European Parliament: The Power of Democratic Ideas, Michael Shackleton 7: The Court of Justice: European Integration and Judicial Institutions, Niamh Nic Shuibhne Part II Managing the Union 8: The Commission's Services: A Powerful Permanent Bureaucracy, Liesbet Hooghe and Christian Rauh 9: The European Central Bank: New Powers and New Institutional Theories, Dermot Hodson 10: European Agencies: Managing Europeanization, R. Daniel Kelemen and Giandomenico Majone 11: The Court of Auditors and OLAF: The Politics of Financial Accountability, Brigid Laffan Part III Integrating Interests 12: Police and Judicial Cooperation: Integrating Security Interests, Andrew Geddes 13: The Common Foreign and Security Policy: Institutionalizing Europe's Global Role, John Peterson and Niklas Helwig 14: Coreper: National Interests and the Logic of Appropriateness, Jeffrey Lewis 15: European Parties: A Powerful Caucus in the European Parliament and Beyond, Tapio Raunio 16: The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions: Integrating Social and Regional Interests, Charlie Jeffery and Carolyn Rowe 17: Conclusion: EU Institutions in Theory and Practice, John Peterson and Dermot Hodson