Cutting through the jargon of EU politics, the third edition of this engaging and informative textbook examines the history, institutions, processes and politics of the European Union with unprecedented clarity. The EU is a...Show More
Cutting through the jargon of EU politics, the third edition of this engaging and informative textbook examines the history, institutions, processes and politics of the European Union with unprecedented clarity. The EU is a fascinating political experiment in regional integration and it has changed our understanding of Europe, how Europeans relate to one another, the role Europe plays in global politics and has even shifted our understanding of politics itself. Helping to make sense of it all in the author’s accessible style, this book is underpinned by theory and the latest research throughout. Organised in three main parts, the text covers everything from the history of the EU and its treaties to the institutions that make up the EU and its policies in areas such as the economy, the environment and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
This is the go-to text for all students taking courses or modules on the EU, as well as functioning as an accessible introduction for anyone who wants to find out more about how the EU works and what difference it makes.Show Less
- Unique in showcasing the flavour and colour of European Politics, moving beyond the technical to feature the controversies. behind policy decisions, to what extent and why do Europeans have an affinity to the European Union project.
- Engaging and accessible style to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Packed with a wide range of maps, charts, photos and boxed features, which bring the material to life.
- Two dedicated chapters on the EU as a Global Actor and the EU in the World, missing from competing textbooks.
- Fully updated to take account of the latest developments, including the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the 2019 European Parliament elections and more on the fallout from the euro zone and migration crises.
- Two new separate chapters to cover the European Council and the Council of Ministers respectively.
- More emphasis on comparative politics throughout to compare institutions and policies.
- Expanded debates on key issues of contention in the European project.
- Expanded coverage of the most recent research into public opinion in the EU.
- New Snapshot features in each chapter focusing on a particular EU country.
PART 1: HISTORY AND IDEAS
1: Understanding Integration
2: What is the European Union?
3: Who are the Europeans?
4: First Steps (1944–58)
5: Building the Community (1958–95)
6: From Community to Union (1989–95)
7: Crisis and Opportunity (2004–present)
8: The Treaties
9: The Member States
PART 2: POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE
10: The European Commission
11: The Council Ministers
12: The European Parliament
13: The European Council
14: The European Court of Justice
15: Specialized Agencies
16. Parties and Interest Groups
17. Elections and Referendums
18. Public Opinion
PART 3: POLICIES
19. Public Policy
20. Economic Policy
21. Inside the Euro Zone
22. Cohesion Policy
23. Agriculture and Fisheries
24. Environmental Policy
25. Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
26. The EU as a Global Actor
27. The EU and the World
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- The Political Economy of Work in the Global South Anita Hammer, Adam Fishwick
- Global Political Economy Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams
- Social Movements in a Globalized World Cristina Flesher Fominaya
- Crime, Security and Global Politics Anja P. Jakobi
- Global Justice James Christensen
- European Union Politics John McCormick
- Public Policy Christoph Knill, Jale Tosun
- International Relations of East Asia Xiaoming Huang
- Understanding Public Policy Paul Cairney
- The Age of Migration Hein de Haas, Stephen Castles, Mark J. Miller
- Governance, Politics and the State Jon Pierre, B Guy Peters
- Analyzing Foreign Policy Derek Beach, Rasmus Pedersen
- European Disintegration? Douglas Webber
- European Union Politics John McCormick
- Contemporary Europe Richard Sakwa, Anne Stevens
- Developments in French Politics 5 Alistair Cole, Sophie Meunier, Vincent Tiberj
- Contemporary Ireland Eoin O'Malley
- Government and Politics of Italy Robert Leonardi
- The Government and Politics of Spain Paul M. Heywood
- Contemporary France Helen Drake
- Government and Politics of France Anne Stevens
- The Politics of Belgium Kris Deschouwer
- Developments in Central and East European Politics 5 Stephen White, Judy Batt
- Governance and Politics of the Netherlands Rudy B. Andeweg, Galen A. Irwin