Jacques Delors has been the most successful President of the European Commission in the history of the European Community. The events of his time in Brussels may have constituted the best chance yet to create a new supranational order to consolidate European political and social arrangements. Jacques Delors and European Integration reconsiders the last decade of EC history, and the Maastricht period in particular, from the point of view of Delors's unfolding strategy.
The book's remarkable data sources include the author's observations of the day-to-day work of the Commission under Delors and access to key personnel and documents. The author explores the ways in which Delors and his team tried to capitalize upon the complex openings in Europe's political opportunity structures from the mid-1980s. The "1992" programme to complete the Single Market galvanized European energies and contributed to renewed optimism. Maastricht and its sequels have proven less successful.
Jacques Delors and European Integration follows processes around the Maastricht Treaty from inside, observing the complex system of European institutions at work. What kind of turning point will Maastricht turn out to be? The book attempts to reach a conclusion about what, in retrospect, will certainly be seen as one of the most daring experiments at transnational politics of modern times.
Preface. Introduction. 1. Prologue: Europe Comes Alive. 2. Inside the Berlaymont. 3. "After 1992" Begins. 4. Organizing European Space. 5. Reading the Non-Papers. 6. Turning Point - Onward or Downward?. 7. Last Sprint Towards European Union. Conclusions: The Delors Strategy at the End of the Day. Notes. Bibliography. Index.