EU Presidencies between Politics and Administration: The Governmentality of the Polish, Danish and Cypriot Trio Presidency in 2011-2012 (Hardback) book cover

EU Presidencies between Politics and Administration

The Governmentality of the Polish, Danish and Cypriot Trio Presidency in 2011-2012

By Mads Dagnis Jensen, Peter Nedergaard

© 2017 – Routledge

128 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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 

6. Conclusions

 

About the Authors

Mads Dagnis Jensen is Associate Professor at Roskilde School of Governance, University of Roskilde’s Department of Social Sciences and Business, Denmark.

Peter Nedergaard is Professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Political Science, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

a.smith@sciencespobordeaux.fr

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General