L’Union européenne au milieu du gué. Entre compromis internationaux et quête de démocratie (The European Union in midstream: between international compromises and quest for democracy), Paris, Economica, 2009.
Based on interviews with national officials negotiating in the Council of the European Union, this book offers an analytical framework of the European Union political regime. Specifically, it distinguishes two types of decision-making: closed negotiation on the one hand, in which actors seek compromise between opposing positions, and open competition on the other hand, in which actors seek majority support in Council and Parliament to prevail. This framework also allows us to understand why these types of decision-making create different types of relations between European institutions and citizens.
A critical review of this book has been published in the journal Politique européenne.