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Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union


About the Series

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.

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Governance and the European Social Dimension Politics, Power and the Social Deficit in a Post-2010 EU

Governance and the European Social Dimension: Politics, Power and the Social Deficit in a Post-2010 EU

1st Edition

Paul Copeland
November 29, 2019

Providing a comprehensive and authoritative analyses of the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the European social dimension since 2010 - understood as the European Union’s (EU) competence in employment and social policy - this book focusses on developments in five policy areas (employment,...

Decentring European Governance

Decentring European Governance

1st Edition

Mark Bevir, Ryan Phillips
February 28, 2019

Conforming neither to the hierarchical and bureaucratic organization of the European nation-state nor the anarchical structure of international organizations, the European Union (EU) and its predecessors provide an exemplary site for developing a decentred approach to the study of governance. The ...

Subsidiarity and EU Multilevel Governance Actors, Networks and Agendas

Subsidiarity and EU Multilevel Governance: Actors, Networks and Agendas

1st Edition

Serafín Pazos-Vidal
February 28, 2019

This book examines the theory and praxis of the legal concept of subsidiarity and the policy paradigm of multilevel governance, providing an updated overview on how subnational and national authorities engage within the EU institutional framework. Providing a theoretical assessment of real-life ...

Governing Sustainability in the EU From Political Discourse to Policy Practices

Governing Sustainability in the EU: From Political Discourse to Policy Practices

1st Edition

Ekaterina Domorenok
November 06, 2018

Governing Sustainability in the EU examines the recent novelties in the EU agenda for sustainable development, illustrating how the process of policy change has occurred at different levels, comprising general priorities, specific objectives and policy instruments. The book focuses on the ...

The Mechanisms of Institutional Conflict in the European Union

The Mechanisms of Institutional Conflict in the European Union

1st Edition

Ludvig Norman
August 14, 2018

How institutional conflicts arise in international political orders and the conditions shaping the outcomes of such conflicts has become the object of considerable contemporary focus. This book considers the dynamics of institutional conflict and institutional change in international ...

Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?

Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?

1st Edition

Aleksandra Maatsch
July 25, 2018

This book analyses how national parliaments and parliamentary parties performed their legislative, representative and control functions during the reform of European economic governance. Focusing on domestic approvals of anti-crisis measures (EFSF, ESM and the Fiscal Compact) in all member states ...

European Values Challenges and Opportunities for EU Governance

European Values: Challenges and Opportunities for EU Governance

1st Edition

François Foret, Oriane Calligaro
June 27, 2018

Redefinitions of EU borders (enlargements, Brexit), geopolitical challenges (conflicts, migrations, terrorism, environmental risks) and the economic and financial crises have triggered debates on the common values that hold European countries and citizens together, justify public action and ensure ...

Governing Europe in a Globalizing World Neoliberalism and its Alternatives following the 1973 Oil Crisis

Governing Europe in a Globalizing World: Neoliberalism and its Alternatives following the 1973 Oil Crisis

1st Edition

Laurent Warlouzet
July 27, 2017

The complex relationship between globalization and European integration was largely shaped in the 1970s. During this decade, globalization began, for the first time, to threaten Western European prosperity. Using an innovative approach, the book shows how western Europeans coped with the ...

EU Presidencies between Politics and Administration The Governmentality of the Polish, Danish and Cypriot Trio Presidency in 2011-2012

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

1st Edition

Mads Dagnis Jensen, Peter Nedergaard
December 19, 2016

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 change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice How EU institutions matter

Policy change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: How EU institutions matter

1st Edition

Florian Trauner, Ariadna Ripoll Servent
November 11, 2016

The EU plays an increasingly important role in issues such as the fight against organised crime and the management of migration flows, transforming the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) into a priority of the EU’s political and legislative agenda. This book investigates whether ...

Public Ethics at the European Commission Politics, Reform and Individual Views

Public Ethics at the European Commission: Politics, Reform and Individual Views

1st Edition

Andreea Nastase
September 19, 2016

Since the early 2000s, reforms in the area of public ethics have represented a significant part in the European Commission's efforts to improve its internal governance and democratic legitimacy, and address the crisis of public confidence in European integration. This book comprises a study of ...

The EU’s Government of Industries Markets, Institutions and Politics

The EU’s Government of Industries: Markets, Institutions and Politics

1st Edition

Bernard Jullien, Andy Smith
August 04, 2016

To what extent is business activity governed at a European scale? Since the advent of the recent economic crisis, the EU’s choices about the euro, debt ratios and interest rates have caught the headlines and highlighted the importance of EU decision-making arenas. However, these macro-economic ...

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