The Struggle for EU Legitimacy

Author: Claudia Sternberg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137327840
Release Date: 2013-08-08
Genre: Political Science

This award-winning book answers some of the big questions on the legitimacy of the European Union. Specifically, it looks at what it would mean for the EU to be considered a legitimate body and where our ideas on this question come from. The Struggle for EU Legitimacy traces the history of constructions and contestations of the EU's legitimacy, in discourses of the European institutions and in public debate. Through an interpretive, non-quantitative textual analysis of an eclectic range of sources, it examines both long-term patterns in EU-official discourses and their reception in member-state public spheres, specifically in the German and French debates on the Maastricht and Constitutional Draft Treaties. The story told portrays the history of legitimating the EU as a continuous contest over the ends and goals of integration, as well as a balancing act—which was inescapable given the nature of the integration project—between 'bringing the people in' and 'keeping them out'. In addition, it was a balancing act between actively politicizing and deliberately de-politicizing the stakes of EU politics.

Monetary Integration in Europe

Author: Horst Tomann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319592473
Release Date: 2017-09-15
Genre: Business & Economics

This book provides a fully revised and up-to-date analysis of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). With four entirely new chapters on responses to the financial crisis and the debate on reform options, Tomann assesses the EMU in comparison with other currency regimes through the adoption of a historical analysis. The book discusses in detail basic issues with currency and comprehensively analyzes monetary policy, highlighting problems of policy coordination. Tomann explores new monetary institutions that have been established in response to the financial crisis, before addressing long-term issues and reviewing reform proposals. By focusing on monetary issues the book offers a better understanding of macroeconomic policies and international policy cooperation, and, by extension, provides a thorough economic assessment of the EMU as an institution as it stands today.

Research Methods in European Union Studies

Author: K. Lynggaard
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137316967
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Political Science

This collection sets a new agenda for conducting research on the EU and learns from past mistakes. In doing so it provides a state-of-the-art examination of social science research designs in EU studies while providing innovative guidelines for the advancement of more inclusive and empirically sensitive research designs in EU studies

Cultural Governance and the European Union

Author: Evangelia Psychogiopoulou
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137453754
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Political Science

This edited collection brings together distinguished scholars across a range of academic disciplines to explore how the European Union engages with culture. The book examines the ways in which cultural issues have been framed at the EU level and the policies and instruments to which they have given vent.

Institutional and Policy Change in the European Parliament

Author: Ariadna Ripoll Servent
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137410559
Release Date: 2015-02-24
Genre: Political Science

In an EU increasingly worried about the security of its citizens and its territory, how should the European Parliament make policy decisions in these areas? This study investigates how the empowerment of the European Parliament has led it to abandon its defence of civil liberties in order to become a full partner in inter-institutional negotiations

European Union Enlargement Conditionality

Author: Eli Gateva
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137482433
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Political Science

The book provides the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the development of EU enlargement conditionality across four different enlargement waves - the first (2004) and the second (2007) phase of the Eastern enlargement, the EU enlargement to Croatia (2013), and the ongoing enlargement round involving Turkey and the Western Balkans.

European Union Civil Society Policy and Turkey

Author: O. Zihnioglu
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137274427
Release Date: 2013-08-29
Genre: Social Science

Drawing on interviews with Civil Society organizations and in conjunction with an examination of EU Civil Society Policy and the legal and institutional environment in Turkey this book examines EU policies on Turkish Civil Society organizations and highlights the significant constraints and limited impacts of these policies.

The Party Politics of the EU and Immigration

Author: P. Odmalm
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137462510
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Genre: Political Science

This book explores the changing nature of party competition in four West European countries. It pays special attention to how different ideological positions give rise to contradictory cues when parties engage with atypical election issues like the EU and immigration.

A Macro regional Europe in the Making

Author: Stefan Gänzle
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137509727
Release Date: 2015-10-19
Genre: Political Science

Macro-regional strategies seek to improve the interplay of the EU with existing regimes and institutions, and foster coherence of transnational policies. Drawing on macro-regional governance and Europeanization, this edited volume provides an overview of processes of macro-regionalization in Europe displaying evidence of their significant impact.

The Treaty of Lisbon

Author: D. Phinnemore
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137367877
Release Date: 2013-10-17
Genre: Political Science

Detailed and comprehensive analysis of how the Treaty of Lisbon emerged in 2007 this book explores the role played by the German Council Presidency and the EU's institutional actors in securing agreement among the leaders of member states on an intergovernmental conference as well as a new treaty text to replace the rejected Constitutional Treaty.

Europeanization and European Integration

Author: R. Coman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137325501
Release Date: 2014-09-17
Genre: Political Science

After two decades of research into the impact of the EU on domestic politics and policies, this book explores the relationship between Europeanization and EU integration. It argues that Europeanization should be considered as a stage in the development of EU integration as well as questioning the notion of incremental Europeanization.

Social Policy and the Eurocrisis

Author: Georg Menz
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137473400
Release Date: 2015-10-12
Genre: Political Science

In this study, an international and multidisciplinary team take stock of the promise and shortfalls of 'Social Europe' today, examining the response to the Eurocrisis, the past decade of social policy in the image of the Lisbon Agenda, and the politics that derailed a more Delorsian Europe from ever emerging.

The Invention of a European Development Aid Bureaucracy

Author: V. Dimier
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137318275
Release Date: 2014-07-22
Genre: Political Science

A comprehensive analysis of how European development policy was shaped, this book explores the role of former colonial officials in shaping the policy agenda and explores this example of 'recycled empire.' Dimier argues that this post-colonial agenda only changed as a result of pressure from the OECD and World Bank in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

Author: Achim Hurrelmann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137457004
Release Date: 2015-10-29
Genre: Political Science

Based on cutting-edge research, this edited volume examines how citizens and political elites perceive the legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas. It analyses public opinion and political discourse on the EU, NAFTA and MERCOSUR, arguing that legitimation patterns shape the development of regional governance.

Integrating Indifference

Author: Virginie Van Ingelgom
Publisher: ECPR Press
ISBN: 9781907301483
Release Date: 2014-04-15
Genre: Political Science

Have European citizens become increasingly Eurosceptic over the last two decades, turning their backs on European integration? Though many journalists, politicians and academics argue that they have, this book suggests that reactions to European integration cannot be reduced uniquely to a rise in Euroscepticism, but that indifference and ambivalence need also to be brought into the picture when studying EU legitimacy and its politicisation. Drawing on new evidence from survey data from eight founding member states, and focus groups conducted in francophone Belgium, France and Great Britain, Integrating Indifference explores the various faces of citizens’ indifference, from fatalism, to detachment, via sheer indecision. This book adopts a pioneering mixed-methods approach to analysing the middle-of-the-road attitudes of ordinary citizens who consider themselves neither Europhiles nor Eurosceptics. Complementing existing quantitative and qualitative literature in the field, it opens up new perspectives on attitudes towards European integration.