The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties

Author:   Carlos Closa (Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid, Spain)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9780415454896


Pages:   212
Publication Date:   11 March 2013
Format:   Hardback
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The Politics of Ratification of EU Treaties


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Ratification politics involves the set of procedures by means of which the European Union Member States accept changes to EU primary law / the EU constitution. These procedures offer a wide structure of political opportunities which actors: parliamentary groups and political parties; social movements; governments and court etc., seize and use in order to influence and shape the result. This book focuses on the politics of ratification of EU Treaties and reviews the processes of ratification of EU primary legislation. Research and academic debate on EU constitutional politics have almost exclusively focussed on negotiation of new treaties and their institutional setting. In contrast with this interest, research has neglected ratification as a very important stage in EU constitutional politics. As the EU Constitution has proved, the ratification process may have deep effects unforeseen during the processes of negotiation. Moreover, the ratification stage produces some of the most intense debates on national membership of the EU and the EU itself. The author examines the process of ratification in a number of detailed cases including, the Treaties of Rome and Paris, the SEA, the Treaty of Maastricht, the Treaty of Amsterdam, the Treaty of Nice and the so far, failed EU constitution. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of European Studies, European Union studies, European Union Law and European Union Politics.

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Author:   Carlos Closa (Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, Madrid, Spain)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.476kg
ISBN:  

9780415454896


ISBN 10:   0415454891
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   11 March 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Mapping out Ratification 2. The History of the Ratification Rules in the EU Treaties: Why they have not Changed? 3. The Role of National Parliaments 4. National Constitutions and EU Constitutional Change 5. The Role of Domestic Courts (Constitutional Courts and Advisory Bodies) in Ratification 6. Ratification Referendums 7. Citizens and Public Opinion: The Background for Ratification 8. Convergence and Divergence in Ratification Politics 9. Conclusion: Ratification and EU Constitutional Politics

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Covering eight treaties, with 118 national ratification processes, has been a big job. Closa deserves credit for carrying out this job. The amount of detail is impressive. Closa has succeeded in locating the necessary studies, even about ratification of the original treaties, and in making sense comparatively of this welter of information. In the end, success requires successful framing - some would prefer to say leadership, a term Closa uses more sparingly than framing. Some rationalist scholars, including this reviewer, would prefer to talk about leadership as a decisive ingredient of success in overcoming `collective action' problems, without ignoring social constructivist explanations. - Finn Laursen, European Political Science,


Covering eight treaties, with 118 national ratification processes, has been a big job. Closa deserves credit for carrying out this job. The amount of detail is impressive. Closa has succeeded in locating the necessary studies, even about ratification of the original treaties, and in making sense comparatively of this welter of information. In the end, success requires successful framing - some would prefer to say leadership, a term Closa uses more sparingly than framing. Some rationalist scholars, including this reviewer, would prefer to talk about leadership as a decisive ingredient of success in overcoming 'collective action' problems, without ignoring social constructivist explanations. - Finn Laursen, European Political Science,


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