This Second Edition of Making Policy in Europe is fully revised and expanded to provide the most up-to-date introduction to the study of policymaking in the European Union (EU). The first part of the book introduces the different perspectives to study of the EU as a political system, and provides a framework for the study of the main actors and institutions in the decision-making process from transnational lobbying within Brussels to the implementation of EU law in national member states. Part two introduces each of the main sectoral policy areas. The common "market" is introduced and reviewed before students are provided with detailed studies of policies and policy-making in telecommunication

Introduction: The EU as a New Political System

Introduction: The EU as a New Political System

Introduction: The EU as a new political system
Sevin S.Andersen and Kjell A.Eliassen

Towards an Ever Closer Union

This book does not try to answer the questions of why and how the European Union (EU) develops in a certain direction. We will mainly focus upon decisions on policy-making and legislation in important sectors within the EU system. The book is a contribution to the understanding of the unique character of EU policy-making. Within general perspectives on comparative politics and political organization the EU represents a new type of complex, multi-level and loosely coupled decision-making and implementation where processes often have strong elements of informal influence. It might be regarded as an experiment with new types of political structure (Laffan et ...

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