Policy-Making in the European Union (7th edition)

Helen Wallace; Mark A. Pollack; Alasdair R. Young

Constantly evolving, and with far-reaching implications, European Union policy-making is of central importance to the politics of the European Union. From defining the processes, institutions and modes through which policy-making operates, the text moves on to situate individual policies within these modes, detail their content, and analyse how they are implemented, navigating policy in all its complexities. The first part of the text examines processes, institutions, and the theoretical and analytical underpinnings of policy-making, while the second part considers a wide range of policy areas, from economics to the environment, and security to the single market. Throughout the text, theoretical approaches sit side by side with the reality of key events in the EU, including enlargement, the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and the financial crisis and resulting euro area crisis, exploring what determines how policies are made and implemented. In the final part, the editors consider trends in EU policy-making and look at the challenges facing the EU. Exploring the link between the modes and mechanisms of EU policy-making and its implementation at national level, Policy-Making in the Europe Union helps students to engage with the key issues related to policy. Written by experts, for students and scholars alike, this is the most authoritative and in-depth guide to policy in the European Union.


1. An Overview
2. Theorizing EU Policy-Making
3. The European Policy Process in Comparative Perspective
4. An Institutional Anatomy and Five Policy Modes
5. The Single Market: From Stagnation to Renewal
6. Competition Policy: Defending the Economic Constitution
7. Policy-Making under Economic and Monetary Union: Crisis, Change, and Continuity
8. The Common Agricultural Policy: The Fortress Challenged
9. The Budget: Who Gets What, When, and How?
10. Cohesion Policy: A New Direction for New Times?
11. Social Policy: Left to the Judges and the Markets?
12. Employment Policy: Between Efficacy and Experimentation
13. Environmental Policy: Contending Dynamics of Policy Change
14. Energy Policy: Sharp Challenges and Rising Ambitions
15. Justice and Home Affairs: Institutional Change and Policy Continuity
16. Trade Policy: Policy-making after the Treaty of Lisbon
17. Enlargement: Constituent Policy and Tool for External Governance
18. Foreign and Security Policy: Civilian Power Europe and American Leadership
19. Policy-Making in a Time of Crisis: Trends and Challenges


Dame Helen Wallace is Foreign Secretary at the British Academy. ; Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University, Philadelphia. ; Alasdair R. Young is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA