The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact

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PART TWO
INSTITUTIONS
Institutional relations within the EU represent a carefully struck balance between intergovernmental forces and supranational institutions. This chapter analyzes the EU’s five main institutions—the European Commission, the European Council, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Justice— along with the system of institutional checks and balance. The analysis of the EU’s institutional setup focuses on five key issues:
1. The legislative, executive, and judiciary powers of the institutions
2. The reasons why member states have delegated powers in certain areas to supranational institutions but maintained sovereignty in other intergovernmental institutions
3. The criticisms that some institutions are facing in relation to a perceived democratic deficit and lack of transparency
4. The balance of power between the institutions
5. The ways in which member states can control and influence policy-making processes in Brussels

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Acronyms xv
  • Tables xix
  • Part One - The Evolution of the European Union 1
  • 1 - Parameters of European Integration 3
  • 2 - Enlarsement 32
  • Part Two - Institutions 47
  • 3 - The European Commission 49
  • 4 - The European Council 56
  • 5 - The Council of Ministers 61
  • 6 - The European Parliament 67
  • 7 - The European Court of Justice 76
  • 8 - Checks and Balances 84
  • Part Three - Policies 91
  • 9 - The Single Market and Competition 93
  • 10 - Regional Rolicy and Cohesion 106
  • 11 - The Common Agricultural Policy 116
  • 12 - Economic and Monetary Union 128
  • 13 - Justice and Home Affairs 141
  • 14 - Common Foreign and Security Policy 151
  • 15 - Trade and the Common Commercial Policy 161
  • 16 - Environment 171
  • 17 - The Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Eurozone 179
  • Outlook- The Future of European Integration 197
  • Notes 205
  • Bibliosraphy 225
  • Index 229
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