Michael Shackleton received his first degree in Politics and Philosophy in 1972 at
Dr. Shackleton gained his first experience of the European Communities as an in-service trainee in the Information Directorate-General of the Commission between 1973 and 1974. From 1974 to 1980 he worked at the Open University in
Dr. Shackleton joined the Secretariat of the European Parliament in 1981. From 1985 to 1992 he was on the secretariat of the Committee on Budgets; from 1992 to 1995 he worked within the division responsible for relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments; during 1996 he was Head of the Secretariat of the first parliamentary Committee of Inquiry, which examined the Community transit system; from 1997 to 2004 he was Head of the Service responsible for conciliations under the codecision procedure between the Council and the Parliament; from 2005 to 2009, he was responsible for the establishment of a European Parliament web TV channel, known as europarltv, which was launched in September 2008. Since October 2009 he has been head of the UK Information Office of the Parliament in
Dr. Shackleton has published widely on European Community topics. The seventh edition of a book entitled The European Parliament, on which he collaborated with two colleagues, Francis Jacobs and Richard Corbett, was published in June 2007. An eighth edition is being prepared and will be published in the first half of 2011. He has co-edited with John Peterson a book entitled The Institutions of the European Union, first published by Oxford University Press at the beginning of 2002, with a second edition appearing in 2006 and a third edition envisaged for 2012. His articles include "Parliamentary Government or Division of Powers: Is the Destination Still Unknown" in The State of the Union, Vol.7, 2005, eds. Jabko, N. and Parsons, C., OUP.
Dr. Shackleton has lectured widely, inside and outside the Community institutions. He has given talks for the European Institute for Public Administration in
During 1990 and 1991 he was a Visiting European Community Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; in May 1994 he was the Sir Edward Heath Visiting Fellow at the Europa Institute of the University of Edinburgh; and from 1994 to 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, teaching a course entitled "The European Parliament and its Role within the Union". Since 1999 he has been a Visiting Practitioner Fellow at
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