Drawing on exclusive interviews with Jacques Delors himself, this comprehensive, accessibly written study of his life and Commission presidency is an invaluable resource for all those interested in European and French Politics. Debunking populist images and myths about him, this book presents a balanced examination of a widely misinterpreted political figure. This book also raises important issues such as:
the role of individual leaders in contemporary politics
the legitimacy of the European Union as a political system.
Helen Drake is a lecturer in the Department of European Studies, Loughborough University. She has published widely on aspects of French and European politics.
Not only does this book recognise the importance of Delors but also the power of the European Commission's President to shape the European Union. As such it is a valuable read for students, scholars and researchers of all levels in European Politics that offers an interesting insight into the 'accidental nature' of political leadership. - www.knoweurope.net