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Reforming the European Union: Realizing the Impossible

Daniel Finke, Thomas König, Sven-Oliver Proksch, and George Tsebelis


For decades the European Union tried changing its institutions, but achieved only unsatisfying political compromises and modest, incremental treaty revisions. In late 2009, however, the EU was successfully reformed through the Treaty of Lisbon. This book examines how political leaders ratified this treaty against all odds and shows how this victory involved all stages of treaty reform negotiations—from the initial proposal to referendums in several European countries. The book emphasizes the strategic role of political leadership and domestic politics, and it uses state-of-the-art methodology, ... More

Keywords: European Union, Treaty of Lisbon, domestic politics, agenda setting, European Convention, ratification instrument, intergovernmental bargaining, negative referendums

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153926
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Finke, author
University of Heidelberg

Thomas König, author

Sven-Oliver Proksch, author