This book aims to assess what the changes of the Treaty of Lisbon envisaged and whether these ambitions have materialised since the Treaty entered into force. It offers analyses of the past, as well as what might be the future (because some provisions will only enter into effect in the years to come). To what extent has the current decision-making process been able to address the shortcomings and challenges of the past? What has been the impact of aspects of the Lisbon Treaty that clarified pre-existing norms and structures, in some cases formalizing them, rather than introducing new changes? The authors of this book look at the interaction between formal rules and informal practices, seeking to point to the interaction between the two. They find that informal practices to date typically still dominate formal rules.
This book was published as a special issue of West European Politics.
1. Introduction: Decision-Making in the European Union before and after the Lisbon Treaty 2. Decision-Making before and after Lisbon: The Impact of Changes in Decision-Making Rules 3. EU Decision-Making on Inter-Institutional Agreements: Defining (Common) Rules of Conduct for European Lobbyists and Public Servants 4. Delegated Powers and Inter-Institutional Relations in the EU after Lisbon: A Normative Assessment 5. Legislative Implications of the Lisbon Treaty: The (Potential) Role of Ideology 6. National Actors in the Post-Lisbon EU: Should We Expect a Change of National Strategies? 7. Double versus Triple Majorities: Will the New Voting Rules in the Council of the European Union Make a Difference? 8. The Elusive Goal of Continuity? Legislative Decision-Making and the Council Presidency before and after Lisbon 9. The Post-Lisbon European Council Presidency: An Interim Assessment 10. Pre- and Post-Lisbon: European Union Voting in the United Nations General Assembly 11. Issue Congruence across Legislative Terms: Examining the Democratic Party Mandate in the European Parliament