Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction

Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction

Paperback European Union (Paperback Adult)

By (author) John McCormick

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 10mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230298834
  • ISBN 13: 9780230298835
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 13 black & white tables, 14 figures, 7 maps
  • Sales rank: 129,817

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With 27 member states and nearly half a billion residents, the European Union is a major actor on the world stage. It has changed the way Europeans live, as well as the way the rest of the world relates to Europe. Yet it remains widely misunderstood and a source of puzzlement to many: * How does the EU work, and what impact has it had on the lives of Europeans? * What difference has it made to the meaning of 'Europe'? * How has it changed the role of Europe in the world? Written for anyone who needs a short and clear introduction to the EU, John McCormick's best-selling text provides a concise yet broad-ranging survey of how the EU works. It covers the history and institutions of the EU; the underlying principles of European integration; the impact of the EU on its member states and citizens; and the evolution and effect of EU policies. Fully revised, the new fifth edition brings the European story up to date with assessments of the Lisbon Treaty, the fallout from the global economic crisis, and the eurozone crises of 2010-2011.

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Author information

JOHN MCCORMICK is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University, USA, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK.

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Reviews ofearlier edition: '[A] very useful text...Among hundreds...about the phenomenon of European integration, this book stands out as one that really tackles the complexity of the economic, political and legal systems of the EU succinctly.' - Giedrius Surplys, Journal of European Affairs

Table of contents

What is the European Union? The Idea of Europe The Evolution of the EU The European Institutions The EU and its Citizens The EU Policy Process Economic Policy Managing Resources The EU and the World Conclusions