The institutions of the European Union, 4th edition

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Publication Date 2017
ISBN 978-0-19-873741-4
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This is a 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 organisations 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 an excellent guide to how this range of different bodies work together to provide political direction, manage policies, and integrate contrasting interests within the European Union.

New features in the 4th edition:
- Fully updated to cover the institutional changes prompted by the eurozone and migration crises, the UK's decision to leave the EU, and many other challenges.
- A new introductory chapter explores broad trends in the EU's institutional development and theoretical perspectives thereof.
- An increased focus on institutional theory is picked up on in all chapters, including in a substantially revised concluding chapter that examines the future of EU institutions during a period of unprecedented economic and political turmoil for the Union.
- The addition of a number of new contributors ensures that the book continues to bring together the foremost scholars in the field.


1. Theorising 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 the European Anti-Fraud Office: the politics of financial accountability - Brigid Laffan

Part III: Integrating Interests
12. Police and judicial cooperation: integrating security interests - Andrew Geddes
13. 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. Social and regional interests: the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Carolyn Rowe and Charlie Jeffery
17. Conclusion: EU institutions in theory and practice - John Peterson and Dermot Hodson

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