Institutions of the European Union (4th Revised edition)

ISBN : 9780198737414

Dermot Hodson; John Peterson
488 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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  • The only up-to-date textbook entirely dedicated to the institutions of the EU, offering students a definitive guide to their functions, powers, and composition.
  • A team of leading experts, including both academics and practitioners, provide authoritative coverage of all of the key institutions.
  • Each chapter includes helpful features such as boxes, useful websites, and suggested further reading to aid student learning.
  • Takes account of the dramatic institutional changes in the EU that have occurred after the euro crisis, the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and the rise of Euroscepticism.

New to this Edition:

  • Fully updated to cover the institutional changes prompted by the eurozone and migration crises, the UK's decision to leave the EU, and many other challenges.
  • A new introductory chapter explores broad trends in the EU's institutional development and theoretical perspectives thereof.
  • An increased focus on institutional theory is picked up on in all chapters, including in a substantially revised concluding chapter that examines the future of EU institutions during a period of unprecedented economic and political turmoil for the Union.
  • The addition of a number of new contributors ensures that the book continues to bring together the foremost scholars in the field.

The Institutions of the European Union is the key text for anyone wishing to understand the functions, powers, and composition of the EU's institutions. From the Council of Ministers to the European Central Bank, all of the most important organizations are analysed and explained by international experts. 
Updates for the fourth edition include discussions of the impact of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and the euro crisis on the EU's institutions. Authoritative yet accessible, it remains the best guide to how this range of different bodies work together to provide political direction, manage policies, and integrate contrasting interests within the European Union.


1: Theorizing EU Institutions: Why They Matter for Politics and International Relations, Dermot Hodson and John Peterson
2: The History of EU Institutions: Six Decades of Institutional Change, Renaud Dehousse and Paul Magnette
PART I Providing Direction

3: The European Council: A Formidable Locus of Power, Philippe de Schoutheete
4: The Council of Ministers: Conflict, Consensus, and Continuity, Fiona Hayes-Renshaw
5: The College of Commissioners: Supranational Leadership and Presidential Politics, John Peterson
6: The European Parliament: The Power of Democratic Ideas, Michael Shackleton
7: The Court of Justice: European Integration and Judicial Institutions, Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Part II Managing the Union

8: The Commission's Services: A Powerful Permanent Bureaucracy, Liesbet Hooghe and Christian Rauh
9: The European Central Bank: New Powers and New Institutional Theories, Dermot Hodson
10: European Agencies: Managing Europeanization, R. Daniel Kelemen and Giandomenico Majone
11: The Court of Auditors and OLAF: The Politics of Financial Accountability, Brigid Laffan
Part III Integrating Interests

12: Police and Judicial Cooperation: Integrating Security Interests, Andrew Geddes
13: The Common Foreign and Security Policy: Institutionalizing Europe's Global Role, John Peterson and Niklas Helwig
14: Coreper: National Interests and the Logic of Appropriateness, Jeffrey Lewis
15: European Parties: A Powerful Caucus in the European Parliament and Beyond, Tapio Raunio
16: The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of Regions: Integrating Social and Regional Interests, Charlie Jeffery and Carolyn Rowe
17: Conclusion: EU Institutions in Theory and Practice, John Peterson and Dermot Hodson

About the author: 

Edited by Dermot Hodson, Reader in Political Economy, Birkbeck, University of London, and John Peterson, Professor of International Politics, University of Edinburgh

Philippe de Schoutheete, University of Louvain
Renaud Dehousse, Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris)
Andrew Geddes, University of Sheffield
Fiona Hayes-Renshaw, College of Europe (Bruges)
Niklas Helwig, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Dermot Hodson, Birkbeck College (University of London)
Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
Brigid Laffan, European University Institute
Jeffrey Lewis, Cleveland State University
Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia, Belgium 
Giandomenico Majone, European University Institute
Niamh Nic Shuibhne, University of Edinburgh
John Peterson, University of Edinburgh
Christian Rauh, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Tapio Raunio, University of Tampere
Carolyn Rowe, Aston University
Michael Shackleton, Maastricht University

Review from previous edition An excellent advanced and detailed study of the EU's institutions. - Prof. David Phinnemore, Queen's University Belfast

This is an excellent text book written by eminent scholars with academic and practical experience. - Prof Christian Kaunert, University of Dundee

Lucid, comprehensive and substantive... combines invaluable description with perceptive and sophisticated analysis. - Prof Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh

The Institutions of the European Union, now in its updated, fourth edition, provides an excellent critical introduction to the EU's institutions, old and new. Dermot Hodson, John Peterson, and many of the world's leading EU experts lucidly introduce and interrogate the histories of the EU's institutions, their strengths and dysfunctions, and the ways in which they are changing and adapting to the EU's many contemporary crises. - Prof Mark A. Pollack, Temple University

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