The Institutions of the European Community

  • Hugh Arbuthnott
  • Geoffrey Edwards


The European Community has often had a bad press. Its image is frequently unflattering: of a bloated and powerful Brussels bureaucracy; a Council of Ministers perpetually at loggerheads; and an ineffective yet highly paid, Parliament. All political institutions are difficult to project fairly and accurately. Those of the European Community have perhaps suffered more than most from comparisons made with more familiar national institutions, or seemingly less threatening and less exclusive international organisations, such as the United Nations. The location and dispersal of the headquarters of the Community institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg have reinforced a sense of distance and unfamiliarity. It also remains true that involvement with the Community institutions is largely confined to a fairly narrow group of politicians, government officials and leaders of interest groups.


Member State European Community Majority Vote European Council Common Agricultural Policy 
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© Hugh Arbuthnott and Geoffrey Edwards 1989

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  • Geoffrey Edwards

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