`When Marks, Scharpf, Schmitter and Streeck join forces to write a book on governance in the European Union, there are good reasons to have high expectaions concerning the outcome. All four are well-known international scholars nd major contributors to the literature on European integration and governance. Few quartets would be better qualified to help bring a little more order in a field of research in deep need of new theoretical ideas and concepts, as well as data.... well worth reading. Key issues are raised, and the reader is exposed to a multitude of interesting observations, arguments and theoretical ideas.... they [the authors] have provided important building blocks for further theoretical development' - Public Policy
About the Author
Schmitter is professor of political science at Stanford University.
Wolfgang Streeck is Professor of Sociology and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. From 1988 to 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked on labor relations, political economy, economic policy, European integration and related subjects. He was President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in 1998-99. Kathleen Thelen is Professor of Political Science at
Northwestern University. She is the author, most recently, of How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Her work on labor politics and on historical institutionalism has appeared in World Politics,
Comparative Political Studies, The Annual Review of Political Science, Politics & Society, and Comparative Politics, among others. She is currently Chair of the Council for European Studies, and serves on the Executive Councils of the Organized Sections for Comparative Politics, Qualitative Methods,
and European Politics and Society of the American Political Science Association.