European Integration after Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

European Integration after Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

European Integration after Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

European Integration after Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

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This book is the product of a number of meetings held in Brussels, where most of the participants had the opportunity to discuss their work not only with academic colleagues but also with practitioners from the institutions of the European Union. These meetings were organized by the Research Committee on European Unification of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). The editors gratefully acknowledge the financial and logistical support provided by the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Antje Wiener worked on the book while on a European Commission Human Capital and Mobility Fellowship at the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, and then on a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. She would like to thank both institutions for generously funding work in beautiful surroundings, and for colleagues and staff who provided stimulating discussions and wonderful support.

Karlheinz Neunreither, as Chair of the aforementioned Committee, is happy that, with the present volume, it has resumed its tradition of academic publication. While working on this project he, too, has benefited particularly from exchanges of views with colleagues and practitioners, but also with his students at the University of Heidelberg, where such subjects as the Amsterdam revision of the Treaties, institutional dynamics, and democratic theory and the European Union were discussed extensively in graduate seminars.

Last, but by no means least, we would like to express deep respect and many thanks to Fiona Hayes-Renshaw for providing outstandingly precise, professional and efficient advice while editing this volume. Further thanks are due to Dominic Byatt of Oxford University Press for ongoing encouragement throughout the production process.

K.N.

A.W.

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