The European Parliament - 9th edition

JACOBS Francis, CORBETT Richard, NEVILLE Darren

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An instant classic when first published in 1990, for more than a quarter-century this has been the premier textbook on the European Parliament. This new 9th edition –the first for five years –has been fully updated and expanded, including all the familiar features and all recent significant developments. The book systematically and clearly covers every aspect of how the Parliament is elected, its internal structures and procedures, its powers and how it relates to the other EU institutions. It is written by insiders with vast accumulated experience of how the Parliament really works, with extra input from dozens of specialists within the Parliament.


“An invaluable guide to the institution’s history, power and politics. It explains both what drives the Parliament internally and the dynamics of its increasingly central role in the EU political system as a whole.” artin Schulz, President of the European Parliament “This book explains with utmost clarity how it all works. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in or dealing with the European Parliament.” Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission “The Parliament ensures that the full pluralism of the political diversity within each member state is brought into the heart of EU decision taking… This book is the authoritative guide to the European Parliament.” Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Table of contents

1. The Parliament in context 2. How it is elected 3. Where, when and in quale lingua 4. The individual members 5. The political groups 6. Leadership structures 7. The Parliamentary committees 8. Interparliamentary delegations 9. Plenary 10. Intergroups 11. The Parliament secretariat 12. The Parliament and legislation 13. Budgetary powers 14. Appointment and dismissal 15. Scrutiny and control of the executive 16. A political forum and a channel for communication 17. The EP and National Parliaments 18. Parliament and constitutional change Appendices: election results since 1979, bibliography Index