Understanding EU Decision-Making

Edward Best
ISBN 13 978-3-319-22373-5 EIPA Code #: Year: 2016 Pages: 136

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This book presents in a concise and accessible way why the EU institutional system exists in its present form and who is involved in EU policy processes. It gives a summary of the system’s basic principles and structures, and describes its actors, procedures and instruments.
The main theme is to show that EU decision-making is not just a matter of action at some higher and separate level, of ‘them and us’, but rather that it involves different forms of cooperation between European, national and regional authorities, as well as interaction between public and private actors. Numerous short case studies illustrate how people’s day-to-day activities are affected by EU decisions, and how individuals’ concerns are represented in the decision-making process.
The book is published by Springer in editorial partnership with the Publications Office of the EU and can be purchased here.