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The Institutions of the European Unionis the key text for anyone wishing to understand the functions, powers, and composition of the EU's institutions. From the Council of Ministers to the European Central Bank, all of the most important organizations are analysed and explained by international experts. The third edition has been fully updated and includes the impact of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the financial crisis in the Eurozone on the EU's institutions. 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.
Table of Contents
1. The EU's Institutions: an Overview, John Peterson and Michael Shackleton 2. Institutional Change in the EU, Renaud Dehousse and Paul Magnette I. Providing Direction 3. The European Council, Philippe de Schoutheete 4. The Council of Ministers, Fiona Hayes-Renshaw 5. The College of Commissioners, John Peterson 6. The European Parliament, Michael Shackleton 7. The European Court of Justice, Niamh Nic Shuibhne II. Managing the Union 8. The Commission's Services, Liesbet Hooghe and Hussein Kassim 9. Managing the Euro - the European Central Bank, Dermot Hodson 10. Managing Europeanization - The European Agencies, Daniel Keleman and Giandomenico Majone 11. Financial Control - the Court of Auditors and OLAF, George Karakatsanis and Brigid Laffan III. Integrating Interests 12. Security Interests - Police and Judicial Cooperation, Andrew Geddes 13. International Interests - the Common Foreign and Security Policy, John Peterson, Andrew Byrne and Niklas Helwig 14. National Interests - COREPER, Jeffrey Lewis 15. Policy Interests - the European Parliament's Party Groups, Tapio Raunio 16. Social and Regional Interests - ECOSOC and Committee of the Regions, Carolyn Rowe and Charlie Jeffery 17. Conclusion, John Peterson and Michael Shackleton