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From the Publisher"The theories and models that Alter constructs as well as the theoretical and methodological questions considered at very least point toward a number of likely lines of inquiry at both the national and regional levels. The in-depth qualitative analyses of particular cases used to derive and test theories and propositions found throughout Alter's work are also a high point."
—Evan Rosevear, Law and Politics Book Review
"The aim of Alter's book is to strengthen her contribution to our understanding of how international courts can impact on policy making at both the national and international level. Alter's book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the process of translating international law into social and political reality"
—Marie-Pierre Granger, Central European University, The Modern Law Review
"Spanning the last fifteen years, one of the most recognized and respected scholars of the European Court of Justice has brought together between two covers many of her most important papers. Alter's deeply contextualized understanding of the Court dissents from both specific legal doctrinal analysis that tends to overlook political conflicts and overly general social scientific generalizations that breezily bypass a deeply grounded understanding of the politics of European law. An additional virtue of this outstanding collection is its comparative perspective on the European court and its recognition of broader international developments to which the Court may have given rise. Among both scholars and practitioners this book should find a large and avid readership."
—Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
"Very good complementary reading in order to understand the history behind many landmark cases and legal policy decisions. For people with little exposure to the existing literature on European legal integration, the book is definitely a good starting point. Professor Alter must be commended for bringing the European experience closer to foreign and international scholars, especially in the United States."
—Francisco Ramos Romeu, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Environmental Law Review
"If political scientists and international lawyers were to read only one book on the European Court of Justice, this should be the one."
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School
"Karen Alter has done more than any other scholar to show how the social, political, and historical context in which the European Court of Justice is embedded shapes its role and impact. The four thresholds that she identifies also provide a basic for a comparative analysis of the role of international courts in world politics. With its lucid new introduction,The European Court's Political Power is a "must read" for anyone seeking to understand international courts."
—Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University