Learderless Europe

Hardcover | May 29, 2008

EditorJack Hayward

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From its antecedents in the 1950s, successive forms of European integration were intended to be leaderless. They have succeeded only too well in demonstrating that much can be achieved without sustained leadership. The attachment to national sovereignty of most of the European elites and masspopulations has meant that confederalism has been implicitly accepted for the foreseeable future. This book attempts to clarify three clusters of issues. First, as European integration has advanced, who has provided the impetus? Particular insiders have episodically exerted decisive innovativeinfluence, despite the need to conciliate the jealous champions of national sovereignty. Three case studies are offered: economic and monetary policy, environmental policy and technology policy. The second part examines why the European Union is currently leaderless. The weakened Commission andthe increasingly assertive European Council and Council of Ministers have contended for control of agenda-setting but it is in the sphere of foreign and security policy that the EU's logic of leaderlessness has been most conspicuous. Finally, reduced capacity of the Franco-German tandem to offeracceptable leadership and British incapacity to join or replace them in providing overall leadership is also discussed.

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From its antecedents in the 1950s, successive forms of European integration were intended to be leaderless. They have succeeded only too well in demonstrating that much can be achieved without sustained leadership. The attachment to national sovereignty of most of the European elites and masspopulations has meant that confederalism has...

Jack Hayward taught politics at the Universities of Sheffield, Keele, Hull, and Oxford, retiring in 1998 as Director of the Oxford Institute of European Studies and Professional Fellow of St. Antony's College. Since then he has been a part-time Research Professor of Politics at the University of Hull. He has also been a Visiting Profe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:May 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Who Lead Europe1. Jack Hayward: Strategic Innovation by Insider Influence: Monnet to Delors2. David Howarth: Delegation and Commission Leadership in Economic and Monetary Union3. Xiadian Dai: Guiding the Digital Revolution: Is European Technology Polict Misguided?4. Rudiger Wurzel: Environmental Policy: EU Actors, Leader and Laggard States5. William Paterson: Did France and Germany Lead Europe? A RetrospectPart II: Why is the EU currently Leaderless?6. Michelle Cini: Political Leadership in the European Commission: the Santer and Prodi Commissions, 1995-20057. Anand Menon: Security Policy and the Logic of Leaderlessness8. Alistair Cole: Franco-German Relations: from Active to Reactive Cooperation9. Hussein Kassim: A Bid Too Far? New Labour and the UK Leadership of the European Union10. Jose Magone: Leaderless Enlargement? The Difficult Reform of the New Pan-European Political SystemPart III: Where can Political Leadership come from?11. John Bell: Legal Leadership in the European Union12. Jamal Shahin: Dragging the Net through Choppy Waters: Commission Leadership and the Internet13. David Judge and David Earnshaw: The European Parliament: Leadership and 'Followership'14. Adriaan Schout: Behind the Rotating Presidency15. Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos: Collective Leadership in Leaderless Europe: a Sceptical ViewJack Hayward: Epilogue