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
Formal Processes: EU Institutions and Actors
Do institutions matter? March and Olsen's (1984) question has been answered in the affirmative as institutions have drawn increasing academic attention over the last decade. This has generated a considerable literature that analyses the European Union's institutions as more than merely a framework or arena for negotiation between member states. The classical approach to EU institutions, focusing on their functions, competencies and relationships with each other and the member states, has been supplemented by focus on the organization of the EU institutions, their internal differentiation and specialization, the dynamics of institutional change, and co-operation, control and competition between them.
This development has entailed increased use of comparative politics in analyses ...