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Politics of European Integration: Political Union or a House Divided? by Andrew Glencross

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4

The EU's Institutional Dynamics

Contents
4.0 Introduction: The Functioning of the EU
4.1 An Overview of the Dynamics of EU Policy-Making
4.2 The Ordinary Legislative Procedure (OLP)
4.2.1 The role of the Commission
4.2.2 The legislative institutions: The Council of the EU and the European Parliament
4.3 The Role of Interest Groups and Experts
4.3.1 Assessing the influence of interest group lobbying
4.4 The Commission's Watchdog Role and the Importance of the CJEU
4.4.1 The development of the Court of Justice's powers
4.5 Special Provisions for Foreign Policy
4.5.1 The legal basis and decision-making structure of EU foreign policy
4.6 Concluding Summary
Learning Objectives
  • to identify the institutional actors involved in EU decision-making;
  • to analyze the inputs involved in EU decision-making;
  • to distinguish the procedural elements involved in OLP;
  • to interpret how important a role different kinds of interest groups play;
  • to map and analyze the interactions between national courts and the CJEU;
  • to distinguish the different institutional dynamics between OLP and foreign policy;
  • to evaluate why foreign policy is organized differently from OLP.

4.0 Introduction: The Functioning of the EU

Like any political system, the EU consists of a set of institutions representing different actors and interests that are capable of making binding decisions that affect the economy, determine how society is regulated, and set foreign policy. The EU institutions discussed ...

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