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The Treaty of Lisbon

Origins and Negotiation


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Phinnemore
    Pages 1-15
  3. David Phinnemore
    Pages 133-147
  4. David Phinnemore
    Pages 148-177
  5. David Phinnemore
    Pages 178-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-306

About this book


Detailed and comprehensive analysis of how the Treaty of Lisbon emerged in 2007 this book explores the role played by the German Council Presidency and the EU's institutional actors in securing agreement among the leaders of member states on an intergovernmental conference as well as a new treaty text to replace the rejected Constitutional Treaty.


constitution European Union (EU) Government Institution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastUK

About the authors

David Phinnemore is Professor of European Politics at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He has published widely on a range of EU issues, notably treaties and treaty reform, enlargement, external relations, particularly association, and Romania's position within European integration.

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'This fine-grained volume chronicles the complex processes leading to the Treaty of Lisbon. It provides an essential background to the continuing debate on EU treaty reform.'

Helen Wallace, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

'Phinnemore has produced what will undoubtedly be seen as the definite account of how the Lisbon Treaty has come about. The volume is a detailed and extremely valuable record of how the provisions in the treaty were negotiated, demonstrating the way in which various interests and particular circumstances have interacted in bringing about this important reform. Beyond this, Phinnemore identifies the lessons that can be drawn from the Lisbon experience and the more general patterns that explain the outcomes of treaty revision. This book ought to be standard reading for anyone seeking to understand the complex processes that underpin decision-making in the European Union.'

Thomas Christiansen, Department of Political Science, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands