The Institutions of the European Union / Edition 2

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The first comprehensive text dedicated to the study of the EU's institutions, this will be the key text for any reader wishing to understand the functions, powers, and compositions of EU institutions. Divided into three thematic sections, the book offers the reader an overview of the EU as a political system, a portrayal of the Union's main functions, and a detailed analysis of the multiple missions of its institutions.
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"Lucid, comprehensive, and substantive ... combines invaluable description with perceptive and sophisticated analysis"--Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh

"Distinguished by the clarity and comprehensiveness of [its] institutional coverage"--William E. Paterson, University of Birmingham

With admirable clarity and thoroughness, Peterson (European politics, U. of Glasgow, UK) and Shackleton (head of division, secretariat of the European Parliament, Brussels) outline and define the institutions that provide direction, manage, and integrate the diverse interests of the EU. Each chapter is devoted to one institution and concludes with notes, short bibliography, and websites. An extensive bibliography is provided at the end. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199279005
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/6/2006
  • Series: New European Union Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Peterson is Jean Monnet Professor of European politics at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium). He is editor of the 'Journal of Common Market Studies' and the 'New European Union' series (with Helen Wallace) for Oxford University Press. Past works include 'Decision-Making in the European Union' (with Elizabeth Bomberg, 1999), a nominee for the Adolphe Bentinck prize for the best published work on Europe, as well as 'A Common Foreign Policy for Europe?' (co-edited with Helene Sjursen,1998), and 'Technology Policy in the European Union' (with Margaret Sharp, 1998). He has held posts at the Universities of York, Essex, Oxford, California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara), Grenoble and Paris I. Michael Shackleton is Head of Division of the Conciliations Secretariat in the Secretariat of the
European Parliament Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. He has held a range of positions in the
European Parliament since 1981, notably in the Committee on Budgets, the Division for relations with national parliaments and as Head of the Committee of Inquiry into the Community Transit
System. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Common Market
Studies and has published a wide range of articles in this journal and elsewhere. In 1990-1 he was a Visiting European Community Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has since been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (1994-99) and is at present a Visiting
Practitioner Fellow at the University of Sussex, and a lecturer on the MA in European Studies organised by the European Institute for Public Administration and the University of Maastricht.

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Table of Contents

1. The EU's Institutions: an Overview, John Peterson and Michael Shackleton

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