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Policy-Making in the European Union

Eighth Edition

Edited by Helen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, and Alasdair R. Young

27 November 2020

ISBN: 9780198807605

624 pages

In Stock

New European Union Series

Price: £37.99

With unrivalled breadth and depth of coverage, this is the definitive guide to EU policy-making.



The eighth edition of Policy-Making in the European Union provides students and scholars with a strong understanding of the processes and institutions involved in EU policy-making. In particular, it assesses policy-making in a more politicized context and in light of Brexit.

  • Gives students a solid grounding in theories and empirics of EU policy-making
  • Details the processes and institutions central to EU policy-making
  • Analyses a wide range of policy areas in greater detail than any competing text, considering substantive material in both a practical and theoretical context
  • Concludes with a clear assessment of the challenges that have shaped and will continue to shape policy-making, including the politicization of the EU, Brexit, and geopolitical shifts
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New chapter on digital policy-making in the European Union, including coverage of the Digital Single Market and privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • New chapter on the EU's international development policy, including humanitarian aid, the use of funds from the European Investment Bank outside the EU's borders, and the EU's efforts to coordinate member states' individual development policies
  • Detailed assessment of the implications of politicization for European Union policy-making
  • Coverage of current issues, including the 2015 surge in migrants to the EU, the aftermath of the global financial crisis, and the United States' 'America First' foreign policy
  • Evaluation of the implications of the UK's departure from the European Union

About the Author(s)

Edited by Helen Wallace, Honorary Professor, University of Sussex, Mark A. Pollack, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, Temple University, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, Professor, University of Southern Denmark, and Alasdair R. Young, Professor and Neal Family Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dame Helen Wallace is Honorary Professor at the University of Sussex.

Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Christilla Roederer-Rynning is Professor with Special Responsibilities at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark.

Alasdair R. Young is Professor and Neal Family Chair at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

    Institutions, Process, and Analytical Approaches
    1:An Overview, Helen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, and Alasdair R. Young
    2:Theorizing EU Policy-Making, Mark A. Pollack
    3:The European Policy Process in Comparative Perspective, Alasdair R. Young and Christilla Roederer-Rynning
    4:An Institutional Anatomy and Five Policy Modes, Christine Reh and Helen Wallace
    5:The Single Market, Alasdair R. Young
    6:Competition Policy, Mark Thatcher
    7:Economic and Monetary Union, Dermot Hodson
    8:The Common Agricultural Policy, Christilla Roederer-Rynning
    9:The Budget, Brigid Laffan and Johannes Lindner
    10:Cohesion Policy, John Bachtler and Carlos Mendez
    11:Social Policy, Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen
    12:Digital Policy, Abraham Newman
    13:Environmental Policy, Andrea Lenschow
    14:Energy Policy, David Buchan
    15:Justice and Home Affairs, Sandra Lavenex
    16:Trade Policy, Alasdair R. Young
    17:Foreign and Security Policy, Bastian Giegerich
    18:International Development Policy, Jan Orbie
    19:Enlargement, Ulrich Sedelmeier
    20:Conclusions, Helen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, and Alasdair R. Young


"There are seminal books and classics, and then there is the eighth edition of Policy-Making in the EU. I remember reading the first one when I was a young student and they have followed me throughout my career from academia to civil service via politics and back. A must for anyone who wants to understand the theory and practice of European policy making." - Alexander Stubb, Director of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute and former Prime Minister of Finland

"Policy-Making in the European Union is a classic. The European polity touches virtually every aspect of Europes societies, and this new edition illuminates how and why. It is a must-have for scholars and practitioners." - Liesbet Hooghe, UNC-Chapel Hill and European University Institute, Florence

"Newly updated, this remains the best textbook on policy-making in the EU! It offers an excellent combination of rich empirical assessments of the main fields of EU policies and lucid reflections on relating theories and methodological approaches. A must for scholars and students." - Andrew Moravcsik, Princeton University

"For over 40 years, Policy-Making in the EU has been an invaluable teaching resource and reference book. The new edition is again keeping up with the times. Thanks to its first-rate authors and unparalleled scope, it remains the authoritative source on the making, outcomes and development of EU policies." - Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zurich

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Policy-Making in the European Union is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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