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European Integration After Amsterdam: Institutional Dynamics and Prospects for Democracy

Edited by: Karlheinz Neunreither, Antje Wiener

ISBN13: 9780198296416
ISBN: 019829641X
Published: March 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £112.50



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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 the shift 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 political decisions, 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 the complex balance among the governing institutions of the EU?; and what will be the implications for the lingering quest for democracy?

Subjects:
EU Law
Contents:
1. Introduction: Amsterdam and beyond
PART I: CHANGING INSTITUTIONS
2. The Amsterdam Treaty: The blueprint for the future institutional balance?
3. The European Commission: A balancing act between autonomy and dependence
4. The Slow March of European Legislation: The implementation of directives
5. Beyond Amsterdam: Regional integration as social process
PART II: PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY
6. Executive Selection in the European Union: Does the Commission President investiture procedure reduce the democratic deficit?
7. Justifying Comitology: The promise of deliberation
8. Political Representation in the EU: A common whole, various wholes or just a hole?
PART III: FLEXIBILITY AND THE CHALLENGE OF ENLARGEMENT
9. Negotiating Flexible Integration in the Amsterdam Treaty
10. Flexibility: A tool of integration or a restraint on disintegration?
11. Abuses of Asymmetry: Privilege and exclusion
12. East of Adam: The implications for eastern enlargement of the Amsterdam Treaty
PART IV: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
13. Precedents and Present Events: An institutional perspective on treaty reform
14. A Blairite Treaty: Neo-liberalism and regulated capitalism in the Treaty of Amsterdam
15. Constitutional Settlements and the Citizen after the Treaty of Amsterdam
16. The Embedded Acquis Communautaire: Transmission belt and prism of new governance