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The New European Community
The New European Community
Edited by Robert O. Keohane and Stanley Hoffmann
Westview Press, 1991, 208 pp
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European Community: The Building Of A Union
European Community: The Building Of A Union
By John Pinder
Oxford, 1991, 284 pp
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In the first volume, first-rate observers and participants provide a highly useful account of the changes that have taken place in the European Community, largely in the context of the Single European Act. Separate essays describe, inter alia, the EC Council, the "democratic gap" (for example, the degree to which "pooled sovereignty" has diminished accountability) and the European Court of Justice. Peter Ludlow's chapter on the European Commission and its role under Jacques Delors in giving European institutions a strong new impetus is particularly valuable. Introductory efforts to find theories to account for new realities are a bit cumbersome. The John Pinder volume is a concise and valuable short history of the Community, with a prescription for a "neo-federalist" future.