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What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?

Editor(s): Federico Fabbrini, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Han Somsen
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Published: 06-04-2017
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 344
ISBN: 9781509916566
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
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About What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?

What is the form of government of the European Union (EU)? And how is the institutional governance of the Eurozone evolving? These questions have become pressing during the last few years. On the one hand, the Euro-crisis and the legal and institutional responses to it have had major implications on the constitutional architecture of the EU and the Eurozone. On the other hand, the May 2014 elections for the European Parliament and the ensuing struggle to form the European Commission have brought to the fore new tensions in the EU political system. The purpose of this book, which brings together the contributions of EU lawyers, comparative constitutional lawyers and political scientists, from all over Europe and the United States, is to offer a new look at the form of government of the EU and the Eurozone and consider its potential for future development. While offering a plurality of perspectives on the form of government of the EU and the Eurozone, this book emphasises how the Euro-crisis represents a watershed in the process of European integration, makes the case for a more legitimate and effective form of government for the EU and the Eurozone, and identifies possible windows of opportunity for future treaty reforms.
The volume will provide food for thought for scholars, policy-makers and the public at large as they continue debating the most apt form of government for the EU and the Eurozone.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction: A New Look at the Form of Government of the European Union and the Eurozone
Federico Fabbrini, Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Han Somsen
Part I: The Euro-crisis and Institutional Change
2. The Financial Crisis, the EU Institutional Order and Constitutional Responsibility 17
Paul Craig
3. The Governance Framework of the Eurozone and the Need for a Treaty Reform
Christian Calliess
4. Intergovernmentalism and the New Framework of EMU Governance
Georgios Maris and Pantelis Sklias
Part II: The Governance of Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs
5. The Confusion of Tasks in the Decision-Making Process
of the European Economic Governance
Alexandre de Streel
6. Constitutional Changes in Euro Government and the Relationship Between the ECB and the Executive Power in the Union
Thomas Beukers
7. The Single Supervisory Mechanism: Building the New Top-Down Cooperative Supervisory Governance in Europe
Gianni LO Schiavo
Part III: Democracy: Representation, Participation and Accountability
8. Is the EU a Representative Democracy ? The Normative Debate and the Impact of the Euro-crisis
Simona Piattoni
9. Participatory Democracy in Europe: Article 11 TEU and the Legitimacy of the European Union
Christian Marxsen
10. Democratic Accountability of EU Executive Power: A Reform Agenda for Parliaments
Deirdre Curtin
Part IV: The Parliamentarisation of the EU and its Critics
11. Towards a New Constitutional Architecture in the EU?
R Daniel Kelemen
12. Enhancing European Democracy in Times of Crisis? - The Proposal to Politicise the Election of the European Commission's President
Carlino Antpöhler
13. In the Image of State: Constitutional Complexities of Engineering a European Democracy
Anna Kocharov
Part V: New Institutional Developments
14. New Intergovernmentalism: The European Council and its President
Uwe Puetter
15. Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation and its Challenges:The Case of Economic and Financial Governance
Valentin Kreilinger
16. From Executive Federalism to Executive Government: Current Problems and Future Prospects in the Governance of EMU
Federico Fabbrini


“All of these contributions are thought-provoking and provide a much-needed theoretical perspective...the book is essential reading for all private law scholars.” –  Craig Purshouse, Professional Negligence

“The great value of the book...resides in the total freedom of thought the authors of the contributions included in this publication display: the idea and reflections exposed in these pages are extremely diverse...” –  Michel Theys, Agence Europe

The volume at hand offers a broad overview of the changes that occurred in the last years, offering a reliable plan of the post-crisis EU architecture and an indispensable guide for thinking about its future.
” –  Michael Ioannidis, Common Market Law

“The contributors have managed to present these knotty issues in a clear and refined manner. This is one of the major strength of the volume which constitutes a valid point of reference for scholars and policy-makers
interested in the debate on the challenges the EU and the EMU are facing.
” –  Alessandro Petti, LLM European University Institute, European Journal of Legal Studies

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