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1st Edition

The EU Timescape

ISBN 9781138117297
Published May 31, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

The manner in which time is institutionalized is critical to how a political system works. Terms, time budgets and time horizons of collective and individual political actors; rights over timing, sequencing and speed in decision-making; and the temporal properties of policy matter to the distribution of power; efficiency and effectiveness of policy-making; and democratic legitimacy. This book makes a case for the systematic study of political time in the European Union (EU) - both as an independent and a dependent variable - and highlights the analytical value-added of a time-centred analysis. The book discusses previous scholarship on the institutionalization of political time and its consequences along the dimensions of polity, politics and policy; reviews dominant perspectives on political time, which centre on power, system performance and legitimacy; and presents case studies that illustrate the importance of time in the governance of the EU. 

This book was original published as a special issue of Journal of European Public Policy.

Table of Contents

1. Political time in the EU: dimensions, perspectives, theories
Klaus H. Goetz and Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling

2. How does the EU tick? Five propositions on political time
Klaus H. Goetz

3. The temporal constitution of the European Commission: a timely investigation
Luc Tholoniat

4. Do elections set the pace? A quantitative assessment of the timing of European legislation.
Laszlo Kovats

5. Uses of time in the EU’s enlargement process.
Graham Avery

6. Policies, institutions and time: how the European Commission managed the temporal challenge of eastern enlargement.
Katja Lass-Lennecke and Annika Werner

7. The evolving timescapes of European economic governance: contesting and using time.
Kenneth Dyson

8. Politics in Time meets the politics of time: historical institutionalism and the EU timescape.
Simon Bulmer

9. The EU timescape: from notion to research agenda.
Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling and Klaus H. Goetz

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Klaus H. Goetz holds the Chair in German and European Politics and Government at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling is a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK.