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By Jeremy Richardson, Sonia Mazey

This leading edge and vigorous publication attracts upon fresh and ongoing study at the european coverage technique and makes use of theoretical suggestions from either diplomacy and public coverage experiences. The participants are a few of the best-known writers on eu politics and coverage making. Their contibutions provide available and stimulating introductions to the foremost insitutions of the european, offering the reader with a close wisdom of the way coverage is made and carried out.

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In the absence of a clear blueprint or constitution, the process of European integration has been uneven and the institutional architecture of the Union has become increasingly cumbersome. Nationalism, economic recession, piecemeal EU enlargement, increasing Euro-scepticism and the growing importance of the Council of Ministers within the Union’s decision-making system have at various times impeded European policy-making and the process of European integration. Nevertheless, since 1957, the legal basis, institutional framework and policy competence of the EC has gradually been consolidated and extended way beyond the provisions of the original Treaties.

Nationalism, economic recession, piecemeal EU enlargement, increasing Euro-scepticism and the growing importance of the Council of Ministers within the Union’s decision-making system have at various times impeded European policy-making and the process of European integration. Nevertheless, since 1957, the legal basis, institutional framework and policy competence of the EC has gradually been consolidated and extended way beyond the provisions of the original Treaties. Three key turning points in this respect were the 1986 Single European Act (SEA), the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and the 1997 Amsterdam Treaty, each of which introduced significant amendments to the founding Treaties.

29 SONIA MAZEY A ‘multi-level’ framework for analysis As argued by intergovernmentalist models of integration, national interests and national governments have undoubtedly played a crucial role in determining the degree and pace of European integration. This dynamic is particularly apparent with regard to ‘historymaking’ decisions (Peterson 1995) such as the initial establishment of the European Communities (Stirk and Weigall 1999; Milward 1992), subsequent renegotiation of the Treaties (Moravcsik 1991; 1998; Moravcsik and Nicolaïdis 1998) and the creation of European Monetary Union (Dyson and Featherstone 1999).

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