Summer reading

With our latest new books we wish all readers happy holidays! The works revolve around leadership, power and policy choices in the EU. As a teaser, here are a few abstracts:

‘Le leadership dans l’Union européenne’

L’auteur soutient que l’Union européenne ne se réconciliera avec ses citoyens que lorsque ceux-ci pourront identifier de véritables leaders au niveau des institutions. Il décrit les années Delors, les succès de Javier Solana, les défis relevés par Herman Van Rompuy pendant la crise de l’Eurozone, les responsabilités accrues de la Commission sous José Manuel Barroso, le parcours de Cathy Ashton, puis la procédure des Spitzenkandidaten, l’élection de Jean-Claude Juncker et le choix de Donald Tusk et de Federica Mogherini. Il critique la tendance de certains chefs de gouvernement à vouloir garder le contrôle de la construction européenne.

‘Leadership for a fractured world : how to cross boundaries, build bridges, and lead change’

Dean Williams, a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, explores the complex and difficult issue of cross-cultural leadership. Leaders today – whether in corporations or associations, non-profits or nations – face massive, messy, multidimensional problems that cannot be solved with our existing, outdated “tribal leadership” style. Williams outlines a more flexible, adaptive approach that enables leaders to help build relational bridges between divided groups, and to help people to collaborate, even people over whom they technically have no power.

‘European Union : power and policy-making’  

In its fourth edition, this standard textbook analysing the EU policy process has been updated to include opt-outs and the politics of multispeed Europe, the distribution of power among EU Institutions, negotiation and coalition building. It also discusses the roles of key institutions in the processing of policy problems, as in the chapter “The councils of the EU: intergovernmental bargaining in a supranational polity”.

‘The effects of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis: differentiated integration between the centre and the new peripheries of the EU’

The contributions in this book critically examine various aspects of the emerging internal post-crisis constellation of the EU. The main focus lies on national and supranational governance issues, national dynamics and dynamics in the Eurozone core as well as in the periphery. The multiple layers of policy coordination which emerged in response to the crisis have initiated a process by which the EU is increasingly divided in terms of the level of vertical integration between the Eurozone core group and differentiated peripheries amongst the outsiders. At the same time the sovereign debt crisis has created a periphery of predominantly Southern European countries within the Eurozone that became dependent on external financial support from the other member states.

‘The European Union with(in) international organisations: commitment, consistency and effects across time’

This volume explore the commitment, consistency and effects of EU action with(in) other International Organisations over time. It covers relations of the EU with the United Nations, NATO, WTO and the International Labour Organization.

‘Voting power and procedures: essays in honour of Dan Felsenthal and Moshé Machover’ 

This collection of essays reconsiders foundational aspects of the measurement of voting power. The specific case of voting power in two-tier systems – for instance the US system and the EU system – is analysed. Major power indices are revisited. The book proposes new voting procedures and studies well-known procedures and/or apportionment methods from a technical and historical point of view.

‘Lobbying in der Europäischen Union : zwischen Professionalisierung und Regulierung’ 

Dieses Werk zum Thema Lobbying enthält auch ein Kapitel über Interessensvertretung beim Rat der Europäischen Union, geschrieben von Mirjam Dondi, Mitarbeiterin der Ständigen Vertretung Österreichs bei der EU. Sie beleuchtet die Rolle der Mitgliedsstaaten einerseits als Akteure und andererseits als Adressaten im EU-Gesetzgebungsprozess. Das Zustandekommen der nationalen Positionen sowie die Rahmenbedingen für eine erfolgreiche Interessensvertretuung der Mitgliedsstaaten werden angeführt.

Download the complete list here.


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