THIS BOOK ON THE REFORM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION is the result of a multiyear collaborative research project lasting almost as long as the object of study itself. Over the course of this project, we have received valuable comments and suggestions from many colleagues that helped us improve the chapters of this book. We would like to thank Princeton University Press, in particular Chuck Myers, for constant support in the publication process.
Daniel Finke would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the research project Domestic Structures and European Integration (DOESEI) led by Thomas König and the financial support received under the German Universities Excellence Initiative. He would like to extend special thanks to Simon Hix and Mathew Gabel for commenting on a previous version of this manuscript. He gratefully acknowledges the very efficient research assistance provided by André Graceffa and Denis Schnur.
Tomas König would like to acknowledge the support by the European Commission under grant HPSE-CT-2002–00117 and the input of seven DOSEI project teams: Michael Laver, Ken Benoit, and Raj Chari from Trinity College (Ireland); Simon Hix and Giacomo Benedetto from the London School of Economics and Political Science; Han Dorussen and Hartmut Lenz from the University of Essex; George Pagoulatos and Spyros Blavoukos from Athens University; Madeleine Hosli, Paul Pennings, and Christine Arnold from the University of Leiden; Christophe Crombez and Jan Lebbe from Leuven University; Simon Hug and Tobias Schulz from the University of St. Gallen; and Stephanie Heisele from the German University of Administrative Sciences. The DOSEI project has been nominated for the 2006 European Union Descartes Prize for excellence in scientific collaborative research.
Sven-Oliver Proksch would like to gratefully acknowledge support for this research, conducted during his PhD study at the University of California-Los Angeles, from the UCLA Graduate Division, the UCLA Department of Political Science, the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung at the University of Mannheim, and the German National Academic Foundation