The book begins with an analysis of what integration theorists expected of the directly elected Parliament when such an idea was still on the drawing board. Robert Corbett examines what the Parliament has achieved in practice, and its significance in the formation of the EU. This comprehensive examination of the Parliament's impact of the successive renegotiations of the European treaties also considers its day-to-day influence on the development of European policies.
About the Author
Richard Corbett is Deputy Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.
Table of Contents
Theoretical Approaches to European Integration
• What to Expect of the European Parliament?
• A New Political Network
• Exploiting its Existing Powers
• Reform with the Treaties
• Parliament Turbans to Treaty Revision
• The Draft Treaty
• From the Draft Treaty to the 1985 Intergovernmental Conference
• The 1985 Intergovernmental Conference
• Making the Most of the Single Act
• Relaunching the Ship
• The IGCs on Economic and Monetary Union and on Political Union
• Making the Most of Maastricht