The Role of Committees in the Policy-Process of the European by Thomas Christiansen

By Thomas Christiansen

`The ebook addresses a massive and well timed point of ecu affairs and one that, because the authors rightly declare, has a tendency to be overlooked in european experiences (perhaps partially as a result of advanced nature of the european committee approach, but in addition as the subject probably lacks the glamour of the EU's "big" coverage and institutional questions). . . The e-book accordingly is veritably no longer easily a "nuts and bolts" workout in describing what committees do and the way they function, since it additionally contains sharp insights into their importance for the general method of governance within the ecu. a topic as complex as this calls for readability of exposition. many of the authors reach their goals of supplying transparent remedies on how the committees paintings within the numerous european associations and in addition of the general position of committees within the european coverage and implementation approaches. . . This e-book is a superb contribution to the literature in ecu reports. The authors are to be congratulated on generating a quantity of such top of the range and one that will surely improve readers' wisdom of ways ecu committees paintings and in their total position in ecu governance. It merits to command a excessive position at the analyzing lists of classes in ecu stories and also will be of substantial worth to educational experts operating during this field.'- Robert A. Jones, Sheffield Hallam college, united kingdom `This e-book incorporates a multitude of specific observations approximately how committees within the european fee, Parliament and Council really paintings. this can be worthy wisdom when you consider that such a lot formal judgements on the a variety of levels of the european coverage technique are ready in committees.'- Morten Egeberg, college of Oslo, Norway This publication offers a complete account of the position of the advisory, legislative and implementation committees desirous about the policy-making strategy of the ecu Union. this is often a side of ecu politics that's usually neglected and continues to be under-researched, even if such committees could have wide-ranging impact within the policy-process. the gang of overseas students contributing to this quantity are all specialists of their box, coming from diverse disciplinary backgrounds together with political technology, legislation and public management. the quantity combines contributions to a dialogue of the normative concerns coming up from the character of `committee governance' within the european with extra empirical contributions at the function of committees in all the levels of the ecu policy-process: policy-preparation, legislative decision-making, policy-implementation and adjudication. the result's a textual content that gives not just a radical review of the position of committees within the european this present day but additionally contributes to a deeper realizing of the character of eu governance.The position of Committees within the Policy-Process of the ecu Union will locate its viewers in ultimate 12 months undergraduate and postgraduate scholars and researchers of eu stories and politics. Practitioners, NGOs and lobbyists concerned about the paintings of the ecu will all locate this a uniquely precious publication.

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