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.
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.
This series seeks to bring together some of the finest edited works on European Public Policy. Reprinting from Special Issues of the Journal of European Public Policy, the focus is on using a wide range of social sciences approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, to gain a comprehensive and definitive understanding of Public Policy in Europe.