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The European Commission in the Post-Lisbon Era of Crises

Between Political Leadership and Policy Management


Edited By Michele Chang and Jörg Monar

The European Commission has alternatively been portrayed as an all-powerful institution controlling far too many resources versus a bureaucracy that operates at the behest of Member States. In recent years the EU has been beset by major challenges coming from the inside (the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty) and the outside (the global financial crisis). How has the Commission responded to these events? Has the Commission changed substantially in terms of its institutional structure or the functions it performs? To what extent was the Commission actively promoting such changes versus accepting initiatives emanating from the Member States?
This edited volume seeks to answer these questions by examining this institution and how it has performed in several major policy areas in which the Commission traditionally has been both very active and others in which its influence has been more limited. This comparative study examines the impact that the changes brought about this past decade has had on the Commission.


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This book would not have seen the light of the day without the close and stimulating exchange of ideas with colleagues from the wider community of visiting professors of the College of Europe – several of whom have also contributed to it. We are most grateful for their intellec- tual input, encouragement and support. As in the case of previous books of this series, Rina Balbaert has again transformed a rather disparate set of manuscripts with major format variations and lots of sometimes not immediately intelligible editorial changes into a consolidated and coherent whole. Her most attentive and thoughtful copy editing is beyond praise – and we wish to record here our full appreciation. Michele Chang & Jörg Monar Bruges, November 2012

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