European Integration After Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

Paperback | March 16, 2000

EditorKarlheinz Neunreither, Antje Wiener

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European integration is at a turning point with implications for all member states and their citizens. The Amsterdam treaty marks a shift towards constitutional issues. Integration has involved a continually evolving process of constitution making. A group of leading scholars argue that theshift towards constitutional issues is rooted not only in the issues on the European level, but also in shifting models of political and economic organisation in the member states. Paradoxically, however, this push towards integration is accompanied by a number of institutional changes and politicaldecisions, which challenge the picture of on-going integration, and indicate a shift towards a new pluralism in the Euro-polity. The contributors address questions such as; what are the likely effects of the Amsterdam treaty changes in comparison with Maastricht?; how will these changes effect thecomplex balance among the governing institutions of the EU?; and what will be the implications for the lingering quest for democracy?

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Amsterdam and beyondPART I: CHANGING INSTITUTIONS2. Gerda Falkner and Michael Nentwich: The Amsterdam Treaty: The blueprint for the future institutional balance?3. Christian Lequesne: The European Commission: A balancing act between autonomy and dependence4. Giuseppe Ciavarini Azzi: The Slow March of European Legislation: The implementation of directives5. Beate Kohler-Koch: Beyond Amsterdam: Regional integration as social processPART II: PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY6. Simon Hix: Executive Selection in the European Union: Does the Commission President investiture procedure reduce the democratic deficit?7. Jurgen Neyer: Justifying Comitology: The promise of deliberation8. Karlheinz Neunreither: Political Representation in the EU: A common whole, various wholes or just a hole?PART III: FLEXIBILITY AND THE CHALLENGE OF ENLARGEMENT9. Alexander C-G. Stubb: Negotiating Flexible Integration in the Amsterdam Treaty10. Helen Wallace: Flexibility: A tool of integration or a restraint on disintegration?11. Peter Leslie: Abuses of Asymmetry: Privilege and exclusion12. Ulrich Sedelmeier: East of Adam: The implications for eastern enlargement of the Amsterdam TreatyPART IV: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE13. Ulf Sverdrup: Precedents and Present Events: An institutional perspective on treaty reform14. Mark A. Pollack: A Blairite Treaty: Neo-liberalism and regulated capitalism in the Treaty of Amsterdam15. Jo Shaw: Constitutional Settlements and the Citizen after the Treaty of Amsterdam16. Antje Wiener: The Embedded Acquis Communautaire: Transmission belt and prism of new governance

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`contains a great number of excellent chapters that repay careful reading ... many of the individual chapters make an important contribution to the current scholarly debate on EU governance.'Brigid Laffan, West European Politics, Vol.24, No.1, Jan 2001