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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 Director at the at the National Foundation for Political Science, University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

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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

By Mads Dagnis Jensen, Peter Nedergaard
January 05, 2017

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

Edited By Florian Trauner, Ariadna Ripoll Servent
November 10, 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

By Andreea Nastase
September 26, 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

Edited By Bernard Jullien, Andy Smith
August 03, 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 ...

The European Council and European Governance The Commanding Heights of the EU

The European Council and European Governance: The Commanding Heights of the EU

1st Edition

Edited By François Foret, Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
October 12, 2015

In recent years, the failure of the constitutional process, the difficult ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the several crises affecting Europe have revitalized the debate on the nature of the European polity and the balance of powers in Brussels. This book explains ...

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