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Taking the EU to Court

Annulment Proceedings and Multilevel Judicial Conflict

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of EU annulment actions to date

  • Contributes to the study of the role of judicial conflicts in the EU and, more broadly, to the role of law and its contestation in the evolution of the EU

  • Combines qualitative and quantitative insights to explore EU annulments from a political perspective

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics (PSEUP)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Neglected Politics Behind EU Annulment Litigation

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 1-19Open Access
  3. Towards an Analytical Framework to Study Annulments in the EU

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 21-49Open Access
  4. The Legal Background

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 51-71Open Access
  5. Studying Annulment Actions

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 73-82Open Access
  6. Motivations: When Conflict Leads to Litigation

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 83-125Open Access
  7. Litigant Configurations: Turbulence and the Emergence of Complex Configurations

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 127-153Open Access
  8. Litigant Success: How Litigant Configurations Relate to Legal Outcomes

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 155-188Open Access
  9. The Political Side of EU Annulment Litigation

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages 189-206Open Access
  10. Correction to: Taking the EU to Court

    • Christian Adam, Michael W. Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 207-239

About this book

This open access book provides an exhaustive picture of the role that annulment conflicts play in the EU multilevel system. Based on a rich dataset of annulment actions since the 1960s and a number of in-depth case studies, it explores the political dimension of annulment litigation, which has become an increasingly relevant judicial tool in the struggle over policy content and decision-making competences. The book covers the motivations of actors to turn policy conflicts into annulment actions, the emergence of multilevel actors’ litigant configurations, the impact of actors’ constellations on success in court, as well as the impact of annulment actions on the multilevel policy conflicts they originate from.

Christian Adam is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.

Michael W. Bauer holds the Jean Monnet Chair for Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. He is also a part-time professor at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Miriam Hartlapp is Professor of Comparative Politics: Germany and France at the Freie University Berlin, Germany. She previously held chairs at Leipzig (2014–17) and Bremen University (2013–14) and worked at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

Emmanuelle Mathieu is Lecturer at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Previously, she was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies, Spain.

Keywords

  • annulment litigation
  • European integration
  • multilevel governance
  • judicial politics
  • Eurolegalism
  • litigant configurations
  • litigation
  • standing rights
  • reviewable acts
  • judicial protection
  • annulment actions
  • material gain
  • institutional competences
  • ideology
  • political trust
  • institutional turbulence
  • legal uncertainty
  • European Court of Justice
  • legal conflict
  • Open Access

Reviews

“This hugely original and thought-provoking book provides much needed empirical and theoretical insight into an under-studied area of EU law and policy. By analysing the legal strategies used by diverse litigants to advance their policy goals before the European Courts, it fills an important gap in our current understanding of EU integration. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the interface between political science and EU law.” (Mark Dawson, Hertie School of Governance Berlin, Germany)

“This is an excellent book. The authors’ analysis is based on an impressive foundation of both quantitative and qualitative data. The approach taken to analyze how litigation matters for the development of Europe’s multilevel policy is novel and persuasive. The book undoubtedly makes a major contribution to the study of the role of judicial conflicts in the EU and, more broadly, the role of law and its contestation in the EU's evolution.” (Klaus H. Goetz, author of Managing Money and Discord in the UN (with R. Patz, 2019))

“This is an excellent book on the link between politics and law. In the growing political science literature on the Court of Justice of the European Union, the authors have managed a real tour de force in showing to what extent initiating action for annulment is, in fact, a political decision of stakeholders. Empirically rich and theoretically subtle, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding legal conflict management in a multi-level system such as the European Union.” (Sabine Saurugger, Sciences Po Grenoble, Laboratoire Pacte, France)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany

    Christian Adam

  • Jean-Monnet Chair for Comparative Public Administration and Policy-Analysis, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Speyer, Germany

    Michael W. Bauer

  • Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Miriam Hartlapp

  • Institute for Political Studies, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Emmanuelle Mathieu

About the authors

Christian Adam is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.

Michael W. Bauer holds the Jean Monnet Chair for Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. He is also a part-time professor at the School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Miriam Hartlapp is Professor of Comparative Politics: Germany and France at the Freie University Berlin, Germany. She previously held chairs at Leipzig (2014–17) and Bremen University (2013–14) and worked at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.

Emmanuelle Mathieu is Lecturer at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Previously, she was a Marie Curie research fellow at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies, Spain.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 23.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)