This is the first book bringing together the stories of leading European civil servants examining how these leaders truly serve European people. The book is engaging and a welcome addition to the many publications on leadership. Throughout the recent decade, the EU has remained at the centre of public interest and media. However, insights on EU leadership practices got less attention.
Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions by Ronald de Bruin, Sebastian Prieto Tovar and Derek Pelland.
This book explores the type of leadership needed to transform EU Institutions to allow them to truly serve Europe’s people. Our world today calls for leaders who are connected to themselves, know how to unleash the potential of others and build organisations that serve people’s needs, and are stewards of society. The path towards transformation is not just about learning another trick or method, it is an inward journey each of us must undertake. We search to first recognise our best self and then give ourselves to lead our lives in service of a bigger purpose. The prioritising of serving others leads to a conscious choice of one aspiring to lead. In turn, others will experience this inspiration at all levels, learning to lead as servants. This timeless concept is what Robert Greenleaf referred to when he coined the term “servant-leadership” in 1970. This book not only gives insights into the servant-leadership philosophy, but also offers real-life interviews with twelve EU civil servants, including Herman van Rompuy, former President of the European Council. Their stories illustrate that servant-leadership is manifesting inside EU institutions already, independent of background and function level. Servant-leadership offers a unique opportunity to empower EU professionals in facing the challenges of the 21st century and helping the EU to serve its citizens better. Continue reading
Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, Power and Security now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, Power and Security, edited by Maria O’Neill and Ken Swinton.
This collection of papers examines a variety of areas and issues related to, or raised by, the EU Internal Security Strategy. It covers such matters as critical infrastructure protection and environmental crime, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including law, geography and politics. Continue reading
The Perfect Storm of the European Crisis now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Perfect Storm of the European Crisis, edited by Dan Dungaciu and Ruxandra Iordache.
The most significant phenomenon occurring around us today is the European crisis. As well as being a “total social phenomenon” as classical French sociologist Émile Durkheim would have said, it also affects all the levels of our lives—be they political, economic, cultural or social. Nothing remains untouched. In other words, it represents a “perfect storm”. Continue reading
There is always a problem reviewing an edited volume of essays. The variability of the contributions obviates anything other than a brief eclectic view of the content. Overall this short volume picks out the key issues related to the impact of hybrid threats currently facing Europe.
As the UK is heading for a hard Brexit, Andrea Bosco uncovers a largely forgotten attempt by Winston Churchill’s War Cabinet to build a federal union with France. The British proposal included a plan for joint organs of defence, for common foreign, financial, and economic policies, as well as for a common citizenship.
At this crucial time for the European Union as it faces uncertainties and challenges on numerous fronts, Cambridge Scholars author Andrea Vicini challenges the old paradigm of ‘innovation means unemployment’ in his 2016 publication Technological Innovation and the Effect of the Employment on the EU Countries.