The Institutions of the European Union explains the functions, powers, and composition of the European Union institutions. From the Council of Ministers to the European Central Bank, all of the most important organisations are analysed and explained. Updates for the fourth edition include discussions of the impact of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the financial crisis in the Eurozone on the EU’s institutions, as well as the rise of Euroscepticism. Authoritative yet accessible, it remains the best guide to how this range of different bodies work together to provide political direction, manage policies, and integrate contrasting interests within the European Union. Each chapter includes helpful features such as boxes, websites, and suggested further reading to aid learning.
Keywords:financial crisis, European Union, EU, European Union institution, Council of Ministers, European Central Bank, Lisbon Treaty, Eurozone, Euroscepticism
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- Front Matter
- 1. Theorizing EU institutions: Why they matter for politics and international relations Dermot Hodson and John Peterson
- 2. The history of EU institutions: Six decades of institutional change Renaud Dehousse and Paul Magnette
- Part I Providing Direction
- Part II Managing the Union
- Part III Integrating Interests
- End Matter