Features and Challenges of the EU Budget


Features and Challenges of the EU Budget

A Multidisciplinary Analysis

9781788971911 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Luca Zamparini and Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli, University of Salento, Italy
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78897 191 1 Extent: 240 pp
Since the inception of the European Economic Community, the EU budget has been one of the most contested and important issues. The evolution of its structure and composition has also reflected the overall development of the EU. From a multidisciplinary approach, this book examines the current features and challenges of the EU budget. It provides historical, political, legal, and economic analyses, alongside a discussion of its future development. The book will prove timely and relevant for scholars, practitioners and policy makers alike.

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The budget has been among the most pressing topics facing Brussels throughout the history of the EU. Features and Challenges of the EU Budget proposes a timely analysis of the most pertinent issues surrounding the EU budget with a multidisciplinary approach that includes historical, political, legal and economic interpretations.

This thought provoking book considers the history of the EU budget and the European integration process, offering insight into the broader political implications of the budget for both Member State governments and for their citizens. Features and Challenges of the EU Budget also explores the legal and economic repercussions of the EU budget, examines the framework that controls it, and interrogates the budget’s effects on European growth and competitiveness alongside its significance to the structural balances of Member States. At a time of uncertainty for the EU, this book provides a critical investigation of how political factors will affect the future of the EU budget.

Featuring the unique contributions of academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, this insightful work will be of great interest to scholars and students investigating the politics, structure and economics of the EU. This book will also be useful to institutions offering courses or programmes concerning the EU and its budget.
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‘The book presents a consistent analysis, characterised by a step-by-step approach, as the various chapters unfold, while their contents have a truly noteworthy substantive consistency. The approach of successive stages of analysis adopted allows readers to locate the main points addressed not only with regard to their substance, but also with regard to their position in the overall examination of the EU Budget as a unique institutional, political, economic, even social instrument of the Union.’
– Dimitrios V. Skiada, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics
Contributors: P. Becker, A. Isoni, R. Kaiser, M. Kölling, K. Mause, E. Perreau, M. Pierri, M. Schratzenstaller, M. Scotto, U. Villani-Lubelli, L. Zamparini


1. Introduction
Luca Zamparini and Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli

Part I Historical and Political Profiles
2. The EU budget and the European integration process: a historical analysis
Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli

3. The EU budget between bargaining tool and policy instrument
Mario Kölling

4. “No representation without taxation”. For an history of the budgetary control in the European Union
Alessandro Isoni

5. Citizens’ Attitudes towards the EU Budget: An Overview
Karsten Mause

6. The Multi-Annual Financial Framework: reforms and path-dependent development of the EU budget
Robert Kaiser

7. Towards a closer Intergovernmental Union? The political implications of the 2021-2027 MFF negotiations
Matteo Scotto

Part II Legal and Economic Profiles
8. The EU budget and the MFF between flexibility and unity
Peter Becker

9. The European framework for monitoring and control of the EU budget
Elsa Perreau

10. Growth, competitiveness and the EU budget
Luca Zamparini

11. The relevance of the EU budget for the structural balances of Member States
Maurizia Pierri

12. Brexit and the EU budget
Margit Schratzenstaller

13. Conclusions
Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli and Luca Zamparini

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