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Governing Europe

How to Make the EU More Efficient and Democratic


Lorenzo Vai, Pier Domenico Tortola and Nicoletta Pirozzi

This book is a collection of the contributions to the Governing Europe project, which tackles the current situation and the future developments of the European mechanism of governance, putting forward a series of policy and institutional recommendations for the medium and long term, aimed at improving the democratic nature and the effectiveness of the European decision-making processes.

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Sven Biscop is the director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for Internatonal Relations in Brussels and Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies at Ghent University. He is an Honorary Fellow of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies at the People’s University in Beijing.

Enrico Calossi PhD, is Lecturer on “European Union” at the California State University in Florence. He coordinated the Observatory on Political Parties and Representation at the European University Institute (2010-2015). He co-wrote with, among the others, Luciano Bardi and Peter Mair two monographs (2010, 2014) on EU party politics and one on the Party of the European Left (2011).

John Erik Fossum is Professor of Political Science at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. He has coordinated a number of research projects, is president of ECSA Norway and vice-president of the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS). He has written extensively on democracy and constitutionalism in the EU and Canada, Europeanisation and nation-state transformation. Recent publications include: Practices of Interparliamentary Coordination in International Politics (co-edited with Ben Crum) (2013), and The European Union’s Non-members: Independence Under Hegemony? (co-edited with Erik O. Eriksen)(2015), and “Democracy and differentiation in Europe”, Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (6): 799–815.

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