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Author Müller, Henriette, author

Title Political leadership and the European Commission presidency / Henriette Müller
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2020]


Description 1 online resource
Contents List of Figures -- List of Abbreviations -- Show LevelIntroduction -- 1: Studying Political Leadership in European Governance -- 2: Mapping the Presidency of the European Commission -- 3: Onstage: Performing Agenda-Setting Leadership -- 4: Backstage: Performing Mediative-Institutional Leadership -- 5: The Audience: Performing Public Leadership -- Show LevelConclusion -- Appendix -- Show LevelReferences -- Index
Summary The EU's pluralistic, nonhierarchical system of multilevel governance lacks clear structures of both government and opposition. According to the EU treaties, the presidency of the European Commission is thus not explicitly expected to exercise political leadership. However, the position cannot effectively be exercised without any demonstration of such leadership due to its many leadership functions. Examining this curious mix of strong political demands, weak institutional powers, and need for political leadership, this book systematically analyses the political leadership performance of the presidents of the European Commission throughout the process of European integration. The basic argument is that Commission presidents matter not only in the process of European integration, but that their impact varies according to how the different incumbents deal with the institutional structure and the situational circumstances, and thus their available strategic choices. The primary research question is thus, What makes political leadership in European governance successful and to what extent (and why) do Commission presidents differ in their leadership performance? In addressing this question, this book departs from existing research on EU leadership, which has to date often analysed either the EU's institutional structure and its potential for leadership or mainly focused on only the most recent incumbents in case study analyses. Focusing on the multiterm European Commission presidents Walter Hallstein, Jacques Delors, and Jose Manuel Barroso, this book conceptualizes their political leadership as a performance, and thus systematically analyzes their agenda-setting, mediative-institutional, and public outreach performance over the entire course of their presidential terms
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject European Union.
European Commission.
European Commission -- Presidents
European Commission.
European Union.
Political leadership -- European Union countries
Political leadership.
European Union countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192579249