“Over eight editions, The European Parliament has established itself as an important landmark in the literature on the European Union. The book provides an invaluable guide to the institution's history, power and politics. ... For academics and practitioners alike, Corbett, Jacobs and Shackleton offer a superb starting-point for any serious understanding of the world's only elected transnational parliament.”
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament
“No one can seek to understand the functioning of the European Union without understanding its Parliament. This book -- now in its eighth edition -- is recognised in academia and among practitioners as the authoritative guide to the European Parliament.”
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
Corrections and Updates
As a result of two Members changing party affiliation (Anna Rosbach from the Danish far-right People's Party in March 2011, and David Campbell Bannerman from UKIP in June 2011) and joining the CER, the latter has become the fourth largest Group with 56 members, one more than the Greens with 55.
Page 132, Table 21
Two new EP Vice-Presidents were elected 6 July 2011 as follows:
- Giles CHICHESTER (ECR/ United Kingdom) to replace Silvana Koch-Mehrin.
- Anni PODIMATA (S&D/ Greece) to replace Stavros Lambrinidis.
Page 309, Table 43
Motions of Censure: last one listed (Cointat) should be third.
Page 356, Update to Table 48
- Lambridinis, Foreign Minister, Greece
- Hautala, Development Minister, Finland
Page 359, Table 49
Date of Saakashvili's address should be 24/11/2010, not 2011
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The European Parliament: Finally a Powerful and Legitimate Institution?
The launch of the 8th edition of The European Parliament by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs and Michael Shackleton offers a timely opportunity to reflect on the development of this fascinating institution. Following the Lisbon Treaty, has the European Parliament reached the apogee of its powers, or is there still more for the MEPs' to influence? And, after a record low in voter participation in the 2009 European Parliament elections, what can or should the European Parliament do to increase its legitimacy?
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- Michael Shackleton, Head of the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom.
- David Curry, Former MEP and former MP. Entered the European Parliament as a Conservative in 1979. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1987.
- Hugo Brady, Joined the CER in May 2005, as a research fellow on EU institutions and justice and home affairs.
- Sara Hagemann, Lecturer in EU Politics at European Institute LSE, where she joined in September 2009. Also Head of VoteWatch.eu.
- Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE.