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The European Union

What it is and how it works

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 380
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The European Union Series

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The European Union affects the lives of Europeans in many and varied ways, yet, in spite of its reach, it often appears a constrained political system – struggling for internal consensus, reliant on the agreement of national...

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The European Union affects the lives of Europeans in many and varied ways, yet, in spite of its reach, it often appears a constrained political system – struggling for internal consensus, reliant on the agreement of national governments, and hampered by the scepticism of electorates. These issues have become even more acute in the wake of the global economic and eurozone crises. This new text provides a concise and up-to-date introduction to the nature of the European Union, giving an account of its evolution and structure that makes sense of its current challenges. The text analyses the EU's institutional structure and decision-making procedures, and highlights the manifold conflicts as well as the sophisticated mechanisms for consensus-building among the core institutions. It explains the ways in which the EU differs from other forms of political order, and how this leads to political processes that are characterized by cooperation and conflict. In providing this context, the author invites readers to a critical assessment of the functioning of the European Union, and of the implications of this for its democratic legitimacy and future prospects.

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A comprehensive and accessible introduction to the European Union ideal for university students taking their first course on the EU
Combines coverage of EU institutions and academic approaches to understanding the EU to give a sophisticated introduction to the subject
Examines the evolution of the European Union as well as addressing contemporary issues such as democratic legitimacy, crisis management and integration

1. Introduction: The Political System of the EU
2. Theorizing European Integration and the Union as a Political System
3. Building the European Union: Supranational Dynamics and Intergovernmental Configurations
4. Consolidating the European Union: Enlargement, Deepening Integration and Crisis Management
5. The Core Institutional Structure
6. Decision-Making: Cooperation and Conflict among the Core Institutions
7. Decision-Making and Consensus-Building within the Core Institutions
8. Expanding and Diversifying the Core Institutional Structure
9. Promoting Integration: Policy-making and Governance
10. Building a Multi-Level System
11. Building a Multi-Actor System
12. Assessing the European Union: Efficiency and Effectiveness
13. The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU
14. Conclusions: The Nature of the European Union.

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Ingeborg Tömmel is Professor Emeritus of International and European Politics, Osnabrück University, Germany. She has also held positions at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus primarily on the political system of the EU and European governance, and her recent publications include the co-edited book Innovative Governance in the European Union (Rienner, 2008).

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Ingeborg Tömmel is Professor Emeritus of International and European Politics, Osnabrück University, Germany. She has also held positions at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus primarily on the political system of the EU and European governance, and her recent publications include the co-edited book Innovative Governance in the European Union (Rienner, 2008).

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