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The Continuing Evolution of Europe$
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Thiess Buettner and Wolfgang Ochel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017015

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017015.001.0001

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Europe at a Crossroads: Reforming Political Institutions and Public Sectors

Europe at a Crossroads: Reforming Political Institutions and Public Sectors

(p.119) 6 Europe at a Crossroads: Reforming Political Institutions and Public Sectors
The Continuing Evolution of Europe

Massimo Bordignon

Thiess Buettner

Frederick van der Ploeg

The MIT Press

This chapter examines some well-known problems in the European institutions, such as the effective balance of power between the three fundamental bodies (the commission, the council, and the European Parliament), and considers new issues in the analysis of democratic institutions (Is the European Parliament a “parliament?”). It discusses achievements and future challenges faced by the European institutions; sheds light on the different national attitudes toward the European integration process; and asks whether there are reasonable suggestions in the literature on fiscal federalism that offer guidance. Finally, the chapter considers the problems related to the implementation of the Lisbon Agenda and the implications of the recent financial and economic crisis.

Keywords:   European institutions, balance of power, European Parliament, European integration, Lisbon Agenda, financial crisis

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