The challenges that have been facing the European Union in recent years have given rise to the question: who leads the EU? This book offers a systematic analysis of political leadership in the EU. This volume offers a theoretical and conceptual analysis of political leadership in the EU. It deals with questions such as what kind of leadership is there in the different domains (such as climate change or central banking). It also examines how various EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament) exert or have exerted leadership. Furthermore, it examines the role of the presidents of some of these institutions, such as the European Commission the European Council, the European Central Bank, but also of selected national leaders. Although the book does not advance a single leadership concept, the findings of the individual case studies show that the EU is by no means leaderless. The chapters originally published as a special issue in the Journal of European Integration.
Table of Contents
1. Political leadership in the European Union: an introduction Ingeborg Tömmel and Amy Verdun 2. Reconsidering Jacques Delors’ leadership of the European Union George Ross and Jane Jenson 3. Setting Europe’s agenda: the Commission presidents and political leadership Henriette Mülle 4. Policy leadership in the European Commission: the regulation of EU mobile roaming charges Michelle Cini and Marián Šuplata 5. Leadership in the European Council: an assessment of Herman Van Rompuy’s presidency Desmond Dinan 6. The standing president of the European Council: intergovernmental or supranational leadership? Ingeborg Tömmel 7. Transforming representative democracy in the EU? The role of the European Parliament Michael Shackleton 8. Political leadership of the European Central Bank Amy Verdun 9. The paradoxes of legitimate EU leadership. An analysis of the multi-level leadership of Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras during the euro crisis F. A. W. J. Van Esch 10. Assessing the European Union’s global climate change leadership: from Copenhagen to the Paris Agreement Charles F. Parker, Christer Karlsson and Mattias Hjerpe
Ingeborg Tömmel is Professor Emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics and Policies at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and founding Director of the Osnabrück Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies.
Amy Verdun is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam. She is the Founding Director of the European Studies Program and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria, Canada.