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Horváth Zoltán dr., Ódor Bálint : The Union after Lisbon


This book provides a comprehensive and digestible overview of the Lisbon Treaty’s impact on the functioning of the European Union, its Member States, and citizens. It is based on a comparative structure, first presenting how the EU functioned before Lisbon and then describing the post-Lisbon situation. It sheds light on how the reform of the institutional framework and that of the decision making process are fundamentally interrelated with the lobbying powers of individual Member States and with their capacity to shape the Union’s policies. The approach and language used allows both specialists and the wider public to understand the framework introduced by the new treaty in all policy areas. The authors themselves, as parliamentary and governmental officials, participated in the years long process of reflection and negotiations leading to the drafting of the Lisbon Treaty. As a result, the theoretical issues pertaining to the Treaty are brought to life by references to practical experiences obtained during long meetings and hard debates.