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Jacques Delors and European Integration
Jacques Delors and European Integration
By George Ross
Oxford University Press, 1995, 326 pp.

Ross, a political sociologist, spent the crucial year of 1991 as a participant observer in the cabinet of Jacques Delors, president of the Commission of the European Communities. His book is a splendid study of Delors' highly centralized and activist working methods and the multitude of issues Delors had to deal with to perfect the single market and push the member states toward the compromises required for drafting the Maastricht Treaty on European Union. Ross shows how much a brilliant "supranational" Eurocrat can accomplish and also what it is he cannot overcome. His final assessment of the recent troubles of the union emphasizes its "democratic deficit" and the absence of a European political culture. An indispensable book for all students of European integration.