This is the must-have, leading introduction to the European Union. Offering an ideal primer on the EU’s history, institutions, and politics, this concise textbook also covers the various challenges and opportunities faced by...Show More
This is the must-have, leading introduction to the European Union. Offering an ideal primer on the EU’s history, institutions, and politics, this concise textbook also covers the various challenges and opportunities faced by the EU, from the democratic deficit and the potential of future enlargement to the spread of nationalism and crises such as Brexit and the impact of the global pandemic. Understanding the European Union is now more crucial than ever, and this text provides a succinct but nuanced account of its development and how it works.
This book will be the ideal guide for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses in political science, global affairs and European Studies. It is also a suitable starting point for anyone seeking to learn more about the EU.
- Provides a concise yet far-reaching and readable account of this vibrant institution.
- Offers unrivalled depth and clarity on the main institutions, history, policy, and issues of the EU, and methods to unpack the fundamental questions of the European project.
- Covers some of the most thorny issues facing the EU today, including the response to the global pandemic, Brexit, policy responses to migration, financial regulation and the changing perceptions of the Union amongst its citizens.
- A number of key themes and issues run throughout the book, including past and ongoing crises facing the EU, the EU's place within the broader international system, a focus on the EU's comparative political, social, and economic context, the confederal qualities of the EU, and Brexit.
- Addresses the early impact of the global pandemic on the EU.
- Greater use of maps, figures, tables and boxes where useful to inform the analysis, accompanied by up-to-date further reading.
- Informed throughout by sophisticated yet accessible treatment of theory, including post-functionalism and critical perspectives.
- Cutting-edge coverage of Brexit and negotiations around withdrawal.
1. What is the European Union?
2. The Idea of Europe
3. The Evolution of the EU
4. The European Institutions
5. The EU and its Citizens
6. The EU Policy Process
7. Economic Policy
8. Internal Policies
9. The EU in the World
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