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What is the European Union?: nature and prospects

What is the European Union?: nature and prospects

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  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Paul Magnette, European Union.
  • Biografical Information: Paul Magnette is Director, Institut d'etudes europiennes, Universite libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Other titles: Le régime politique de l'union européenne.
  • Series title: European Union series (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/what-is-the-european-union-nature-and-prospects/ (Stable identifier)

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X, 229 pages ; 22 cm.

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Useful for students learning an area of law, What is the European Union?: nature and prospects is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Paul Magnette.
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 31 editions
  • First edition Date: 2003
  • Last edition Date: 2009
  • Languages: US English, French
  • Library of Congress Code: KF366
  • Dewey Code: 341.2422
  • ISBN: 1403941815 9781403941817 1403941823 9781403941824
  • OCLC: 58789484

Publisher Description:

This is a distinctive new textbook on the political dynamics of the EU which offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional history-policy-institutions model. Assuming no prior knowledge, it introduces a wide range of key debates with a central focus on how the need to accommodate a range of state interests shapes the EU political system and on the implications this has for its democratic functionality and the process of Europeanization and integration.

Main Contents

The limits of the domestic analogy 1
Understanding cooperative sovereignty 4
1 Europeanization and its Limits 11
The founding compromises 12
The Maastricht moment 19
The uneven vectors of Europeanization 23
2 Policy-making in a Union of States 30
In which spheres does the EU matter? 31
How are the Union's policies made? 37
3 Cooperation and Conflict: the Union and its States 48
How the states control the Union 49
The states under the Union's control 58
4 Competing for Leadership: Commission vs. Council 64
What is the Community model? 64
The governments' omnipresence 69
Why the Commission cannot be a European government 74
What does the Commission do? 83
5 Building Compromise in a Divided Polity 89
The Council and the logic of conflict avoidance 89
The Commission's spirit of collegiality 99
6 Representation and Accountability: a Semi-parliamentary Regime 106
The rise and stagnation of the EU's Parliament 107
Forging consensus in a divided assembly 111
The logic of co-decision 117
The spirit of compromise 123
7 In the Shadow of the Law: Politics and the Court 127
Why a Court? 127
Judges facing political actors: prudent audacity 129
Politicians vs. judges: voluntary servitude 136
The Court and the future of EU politics 140
8 Politics and the People: a Fragmented Public Sphere 146
The polyphony of interests 148
Embryonic parties 157
Unstructured opinions 163
9 Participation and Citizenship: Towards a Transnational Democracy? 167
The EU's democratic deficit: a powerful myth 167
Parliamentary tropism 171
From parliamentary government to democratic governance 174
Beyond pluralism 183
10 Conclusion: the Union, its Nature and Value 189
Rethinking sovereignty 190
Why the EU cannot become a state 195
Towards a regime change? 198.

Table of Contents

The Dynamics of Europeanization
Cooperation and Conflict: The Union and its States
Policy Making in a Union of States
Competing for Leadership: Commission Versus Council
Representation and Accountability: A Semi-Parliamentary Regime
In the Shadow of the Law: Politics and the Court
Politics and the People: A Fragmented Public Sphere
Participation and Citizenship: Towards a Transnational Democracy?
The Nature of the European Union: A Comparative Perspective
Conclusion: The State of the Union

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