The European Union: A Very Short Introduction

The European Union: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) John Pinder, By (author) Simon Usherwood

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 172mm x 14mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199681694
  • ISBN 13: 9780199681693
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 17 black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 94,066

Product description

Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a range of topics, including the Union's early history, the workings of its institutions and what they do, the interplay between 'eurosceptics' and federalists, and the role of the Union beyond Europe in international affairs and as a peace-keeper. In this fully updated third edition, Pinder and Usherwood incorporate new material on the Lisbon treaty, the EU fiscal crisis, the state of the single Euro currency in its wake, and conclude by considering the future of the Union and the choices and challenges that may lie ahead. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Simon Usherwood is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics at the University of Surrey.

Table of contents

Preface ; Abbreviations ; List of boxes ; List of charts ; List of illustrations ; List of maps ; 1. What the EU is for ; 2. How the EU was made ; 3. How the EU is governed ; 4. Single market, single currency ; 5. Agriculture, regions, budget: conflicts over who gets what ; 6. Social policy, environmental policy ; 7. 'An area of freedom, security and justice' ; 8. A great civilian power...and more, or less? ; 9. The EU and the rest of Europe ; 10. The EU in the world ; 11. Much accomplished...but what next? ; References ; Further reading ; Chronology 1946-2013 ; Glossary ; Index