The Government and Politics of the European Union

The Government and Politics of the European Union

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This is a systematically updated and entirely redesigned new edition of the leading text on the European Union providing up-to-date, detailed and authoritative coverage of the main institutions, policies and policy processes all set in historical context. The seventh edition is fully updated to take account of the Lisbon Treaty and is packed with new pedagogical features, maps, charts and textboxes in a new larger two-colour and accompanied by an all-new companion website featuring update material, test questions, information on member states and PowerPoint slides for lecturers. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 186 x 244 x 30mm | 979.75g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 7th Revised edition
  • 18 black & white tables, 6 maps, 3 figures, 12 black & white halftones
  • 0230241182
  • 9780230241183
  • 85,200

About Neill Nugent

NEILL NUGENT is Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Honorary Professor, University of Salford, more

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Reviews of previous editions: 'Neill Nugent has once again supplied us with a definitive textbook on the institutions and politics of the European Union. However it is much more than this. It is an essential reference book for both the academic and practitioner... [and] a masterful effort at explaining the inexplicable and at making the opaque transparent.' - Political Studies 'The book is well organized, well researched, and clearly written. It answers almost every factual question that the undergraduate is likely to ask about the existing organizational structure of the Community, and the judgements that the author offers from time to time are invariably sound and sensible.' - Government and Opposition 'Nugent manages throughout to convey the complexity of the EC system without confusing the reader. In short, it is an excellent book with which it is difficult to find fault.' - West European Politics '...this is by far the best teaching text on the European Community that I have come across.' - Journal of Common Market Studies 'Thanks to its comprehensive structure, accurate and systematic approach to untangling the complexities of integration processes and structures, and insightful evaluvation of policy outcomes. It remains an invaluable reference for students, scholars and practitioners alike.' - Boyka Stefanova, Perspectives on Poltical Science Journalshow more

Table of contents

Introduction PART 1: THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION The Transformation of Western Europe The Creation of the European Community The Deepening of the Integration Process The Widening of the Integration Process PART 2: THE EVOLVING TREATY FRAMEWORK From Rome to Nice The Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties Treaties and the Integration Process PART 3: THE INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The Commission The Council of Ministers The European Council The European Parliament European Union Law and the EU's Courts Other Institutions Interests The Member States PART 4: POLICIES AND POLICY PROCESSES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION Understanding EU Policies Policy Processes Making and Applying Legislation Internal Policies Agricultural Policy and Policy Processes External Policies The Budget PART 5: STEPPING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD Conceptualising and Theorising Conclusion: Present Realities and Future Prospects Chronology Guide to Further Reading Bibliography and Referencesshow more