Resolving controversy in the European Union: legislative decision-making before and after enlargement

Robert Thomson

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How does the EU resolve controversy when making laws that affect citizens? How has the EU been affected by the recent enlargements that brought its membership to a diverse group of twenty-seven countries? This 2011 book answers these questions with analyses of the EU's legislative system that include the roles played by the European Commission, European Parliament and member states' national governments in the Council of Ministers. Robert Thomson examines more than 300 controversial issues in the EU from the past decade and describes many cases of controversial decision-making as well as rigorous comparative analyses. The analyses test competing expectations regarding key aspects of the political system, including the policy demands made by different institutions and member states, the distributions of power among the institutions and member states, and the contents of decision outcomes. These analyses are also highly relevant to the EU's democratic deficit and various reform proposals.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages338
ISBN (Print)9781107013766
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • European Union
  • resolution
  • resolving controversy
  • legislative decision making
  • enlargement

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