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The 'Community Method'
Obstinate or Obsolete?
Edited by Renaud Dehousse
 
 
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28 Apr 2011
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Europe is said to be in crisis. National leaders can seem to be more concerned with domestic issues than with identifying options which serve the interests of all European states, and a decade of institutional debate has not provided European citizens with a clear sense of direction. The European Union is often slow to respond to the crises with which it is faced and the quality of its responses has been called into question.
 
Sixty years after its invention, the operational system of the European Union still remains little-understood. This book provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of its functioning and achievements. The purpose of the volume, which includes contributions from leading scholars, is twofold. First, it aims to improve our understanding of the operation of the 'Community method,' shedding new light on its successes and failures. Secondly, it discusses to what extent the EU of today can be said to still be operating according to this model.




Description

Europe is said to be in crisis. National leaders can seem to be more concerned with domestic issues than with identifying options which serve the interests of all European states, and a decade of institutional debate has not provided European citizens with a clear sense of direction. The European Union is often slow to respond to the crises with which it is faced and the quality of its responses has been called into question.
 
Sixty years after its invention, the operational system of the European Union still remains little-understood. This book provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of its functioning and achievements. The purpose of the volume, which includes contributions from leading scholars, is twofold. First, it aims to improve our understanding of the operation of the 'Community method,' shedding new light on its successes and failures. Secondly, it discusses to what extent the EU of today can be said to still be operating according to this model.




Reviews

'A superb analysis of the workings of the EU by the most renowned experts in the field; strongly recommended for research and teaching.'  - Beate Kohler-Koch, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Mannheim, Germany

'The "Community method" has been arguably the single most important substantive European achievement. A timely book revisiting a critical concept for the understanding of the past and possibly for moving ahead in the future.' - Joseph H.H. Weiler, Joseph Straus Professor of Law and European Union and Jean Monnet Chair at NYU School of Law, USA


'The robustness of the European Union in testing times of course cannot be taken for granted. Yet this volume of thoughtful essays by leading scholars offers strong evidence that the 'Community method' is alive and well and that policy-makers in the EU have found ways of adapting what they do and how they do it to the evolving context in which they operate.' - Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION
The Community Method at Sixty; R.Dehousse
Is the Community Method Still Viable?; G.Majone
PART II: THE COMMUNITY METHOD AT WORK
Law-Making in the Shadow of Judicial Politics; S.K.Schmidt
The European Parliament and the Community Method; O.Costa
Conflict Resolution in the Council by Linkage of Commission Proposals; T.König & D.Junge
PART III: ALTERNATIVES TO THE COMMUNITY METHOD
The Political and Security Committee: a Case Study in 'Supranational Intergovernmentalism'; J.Howorth
Deviations from and Alternatives to the Community Method in Justice and Home Affairs; J.Monar
Is the Open Method of Coordination an Alternative to the Community Method?
PART IV: REVISITING THE DEBATE ON NEW MODES OF GOVERNANCE
In the Shadow of Hierarchy: The Community Method as an Instrument of Government; L.Cram
Social Europe: Why Hard Law remains Important; P.Pochet
The 'Governance Turn' Revisited; L.Boussaguet, R.Dehousse & S.Jacquot
Conclusion: Obstinate or Obsolete?; R.Dehousse


Authors

RENUAD DEHOUSSE is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Politics at Sciences Po, France, where he also directs the Centre d'études Européennes. He has published extensively on EU institutions and policies.