1st Edition

Euroscepticism within the EU Institutions Diverging Views of Europe

Edited By Nathalie Brack, Olivier Costa Copyright 2012
    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    136 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since its origins, there have been competing views concerning the nature, scope and objectives of the process of integration and of the European Union. Attitudes towards Europe and European integration, both among political elites and citizens, have been much studied over the last 15 years. But there is no comprehensive analysis of these competing views of Europe at the supranational level.

    The existence of radically diverging views on the European political system within the EU’s own institutions is problematic at both theoretical and practical levels. Little is known, however, about this phenomenon, its impact on the EU’s agenda and policy-making as well as on constitutional reform. This book aims therefore at investigating the divergence in views about the European Union in order to lend insight into its consequences for the functioning of the EU and its institutions. It will focus on the main EU institutions, i.e. the Council, Commission, Parliament and Court but will also deal with the visions of various European elites on the EU.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of European Integration.

    1. "Introduction", Nathalie Brack, Université libre de Bruxelles – Belgium and Olivier Costa, Sciences Po Bordeaux - France.

    2. "Does the European Commission still believe in the Community Method?", Renaud Dehousse, Sciences Po Paris – France.

    3. "Attitudinal dilemmas towards the Council Presidency? Institutional design as a constraining variable", Ana-Mar Fernandez Pasarin, Universidad Autonóma de Barcelona – Spain.

    4. "The rotating Council presidency: a tribune for Eurosceptic governments?", Cécile Leconte, Université of Lille 2 – France.

    5. "Eurosceptic Members of the European Parliament: Between Exit and Voice?", Nathalie Brack, Université libre de Bruxelles – Belgium.

    6. " Diverging views of Europe in the European Court of Justice", Michael Malecki, Washington University – United States of America.

    7. "European Elites on the European Union: what Vision for the Future?", Vivien Schmidt, Boston University – USA.

    8. "How do EU elites see the current crisis of the EU?", George Ross, Brandeis University- USA.

    9. "General Conclusion", Juan Diez Medrano, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.


    Nathalie Brack is Research and Teaching Assistant at Université libre de Bruxelles (CEVIPOL). Her research priorities are Euroscepticism, the European Parliament, Legislative Studies, Role Sociology and Political Opposition in democracies.

    Olivier Costa is CNRS Senior Research Fellow at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Sciences Po Bordeaux). He is also Visiting Professor of EU studies at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles and the European Institute of the University of Geneva. His priorities in research include European Parliament, comparative legislative politics, EU policy-making and policies, national laws Europeanization.