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Informal governance in the European Union: how governments make international organizations work

Informal governance in the European Union: how governments make international organizations work

Kleine, Mareike, author

The European Union is the world's most advanced international organization, presiding over a level of legal and economic integration unmatched in global politics. To explain this achievement, many observers point to its formal rules that entail strong obligations and delegate substantial power to supranational actors such as the European Commission. This legalistic view, Mareike Kleine contends, is misleading. More often than not, governments and bureaucrats informally depart from the formal rules and thereby contradict their very purpose. Behind the EU's front of formal rules lies a thick network of informal governance practices. If not the EU's rules, what accounts for the high level of economic integration among its members? How does the EU really work? In answering these questions, Kleine proposes a new way of thinking about international organizations. -- Publisher website

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Published Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Mareike Kleine
ISBN: 0801469392, 0801469406, 9780801469398, 9780801469404
Note: OCLC-licensed vendor bibliographic record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 214 pages)
Other Number: 10.7591/9780801469404
Subject: European Union countries Politics and government.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Process General.; LAW International.; International institutions.; Politics and government.; Decision making European Union countries.; EU and European institutions.; POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General.; European Union Decision making.; International relations.; Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.


  1. Liberal regime theory
  2. Formal and informal governance in the European Union
  3. Adding brakes to the motor : the Commission's agenda-setting power
  4. Communication cords : decision-making in the Council and the Parliament
  5. On an elusive ripcord : the implementation of EU policies
  6. Knowing the limits
  7. The Council presidency as an adjudicator
  8. Adjudicatory authority in practice : the working time directive.