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
Conclusion: Making Policy in the New Europe
This book is about the way policies are made in Europe. The EU represents a new type of complex, multi-level and loosely coupled decision-making and implementation system where processes often have strong elements of informal influence. It might be regarded as an experiment with new types of political structure (Laffan et al. 1999). During the 1990s, EU policy-making has increased in scope, depth and volume. This is reflected in a growing number of contributions to the study of the EU that in various ways have been pursuing such ideas (Richardson 1996, Hix 1999, Peterson and Bomberg 1999, Wallace and Wallace 2000). The introduction of ...