This book offers the first comprehensive analysis after the Lisbon Treaty came into force of the EU Presidency's impact on national administrations in the Member States of Poland, Denmark and Cyprus before, during and after the Presidency. Placing the practical issues facing officials and policy-makers into a "governmentality" framework, it analyses the impact on the daily activities of bureaucrats and ministers.
The book utilises comprehensive and novel empirical material including around 100 interviews with key officials, documentary sources and academic literature. It uncovers the kind of negotiations, management and coordination triggered by the immense challenge of presiding over the EU –including being a part of a Trio.
This text will be of key interest to scholars, students of political science, European Union studies and public administration, as well as more broadly to Comparative Politics and International Relations. It will also be of interest to officials and policy members in EU Member states approaching the Presidency.
1. Introduction: EU Presidencies between Politics and Administration
2. The Phase of Early Preparations: Creating the Foundation for the EU Presidencies
3. The Phase of Intensive Preparations: Putting the EU Presidencies on Track
4. The Phase of Execution: Managing the Presidencies
5. The Phase of Evaluation: Transfer to the Next Member State and Lessons Learned from the Presidencies