The Council of Europe

Structure, History and Issues in European Politics

By Martyn Bond

© 2011 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

The book provides a succinct and much needed introduction to the Council of Europe from its foundation through the early conventions on human rights and culture to its expansion into the fields of social affairs, environment and education.

Founded in 1949 within a month of NATO, the Council of Europe was the hub of political debate about integrating Europe after the Second World War. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it was thrust into the limelight again as the test bed where all newly liberated European states had to prove their democratic credentials. Now it is the political arena in which the closely integrating states of the European Union face the twenty European states still outside the EU. Its European Court of Human Rights hands down judgments which all member states must respect, and its monitoring activities report on conditions concerning democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the whole continent. The Council of Europe has negotiated international agreements against the death penalty, torture, corruption, cybercrime and terrorism. It works for political pluralism, media freedom and fair elections. The treatment for minorities, efficient local government and strengthening non-government organisations are part of its daily agenda. Today the states of Greater Europe come together to discuss their present and their future in the Council of Europe

Providing a wealth of factual information and describing and analysing the key debates within the organization, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of international organizations, European politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Fitting the Council of Europe into the Picture 2. Human Rights: A Convention and a Court 3. Human Rights: Protection and Promotion 4. Specialised Agencies: Coalitions of the Willing 5. Holding it all Together 6. The Road not Taken 7. The Wilderness Years 8. Pan-European Prospects 9. Redefining the Problem 10. A Common Body of Standards

About the Author

Martyn Bond is Visiting Professor of European Politics and Policy at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Patron of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the European Business School, Regent’s College, Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in Global Studies and Deputy Chairman of the London Press Club.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

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Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL021000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POL041000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)