|Author (Person)||Foret, François, Rittelmeyer, Yann-Sven|
|Publisher||Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)|
|Series Title||Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union|
|Content Type||Textbook | Monograph|
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.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction, François Foret and Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
PART I | The European Council as an institution and a policy-maker
2. The Institutional Consecration of the European Council: Symbolism beyond Formal Texts | Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
PART II | The EU Presidency and the European Council – complementary or competitive?
5. What's Left of the Rotating Presidency? The Future of ‘National’ Presidencies | Simone Bunse and Christopher Klein
PART III | Legitimization of the European Union
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Council|
|Keywords||Decision-Making | Policy-Making
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|