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.
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
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
6. The standing president of the European Council: intergovernmental or supranational leadership?
7. Transforming representative democracy in the EU? The role of the European Parliament
8. Political leadership of the European Central Bank
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
The Journal of European Integration book series is designed to make the Special Issues accessible to a wider audience. All of the themes covered by the Special Issues and the series are carefully selected with regard to the topicality of the questions addressed in the individual volumes, as well as to the quality of the contributions. The result is a series of books that are sufficiently short to appeal to the curious reader, but that also offer ample depth of analysis to appeal to the more specialist reader, with contributions from leading academics.