This book examines the multitude of challenges which the European Commission faces: once the centre of
political gravity in Europe's integration process, the growth of Euroscepticism
and the emergence of new institutional rivals threaten to undermine its status
as an institution. Tracing the roots of the Commission's decline from the early
1990s through to the Eurozone and refugee crises, Stuart A Brown draws on new
evidence to illustrate why the EU's executive now faces a battle for its
future, and asks whether in the reforms of Jean-Claude Juncker the Commission
may be facing its last chance. This study will appeal to students and scholars
in EU institutions, politics, and public policy.
Stuart A Brown is a Research Associate at the London School of Economics, UK, a
Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, UK, and the
Managing Editor of EUROPP - European
Politics and Policy.
Commission under pressure.- 1. Assessing the
Commission.- 2. Critiques of the
Commission: From the rise of Euroscepticism to the democratic deficit.- 3. Institutional
pressures: The Commission after Lisbon.- 4. The Commission and
the crisis: chief loser or unexpected winner?.- 5. Resource pressures
and Commission externalisation.- Conclusion: Juncker's
reforms and the future of the European Commission.- Index.