Britain and European Integration

Britain and European Integration : Views from Within

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Bringing together contributions from the eight men who have held the post of British Permanent Representative to the EC/EU, this book provides an authoritative insight into the way Britain's relationship with its EC/EU partners has developed since accession in 1973. * A unique and authoritative insight into the way Britain's relationship with its EC/EU partners has developed since accession in 1973. * Presents overviews of this relationship written by the eight men who have held the post of British Permanent Representative to the EC/EU. * Provides a privileged view of the reality of Britain's relationship with its EC/EU partners. * Offers a fascinating insight into the changing nature of Britain and the British debate about European integration, and the changing nature of an ever larger and more complicated EU.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 144 x 237 x 4mm | 102g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405126728
  • 9781405126724

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Since Britain joined the European Community in 1973, its relationship with its EC partners has been the subject of heated debate. Bringing together contributions from the eight men who have held the post of British Permanent Representative to the EC/EU, this book provides a unique and authoritative insight into the way this relationship has developed. Charged with representing Britain in negotiations in the Council of Ministers, and with acting as a conduit for information both from London and from Brussels, these men have enjoyed a privileged view of the reality of Britain's relationship with its EU partners. They now present a fascinating insight into the changing nature not only of Britain and the British debate about European integration, but also of an ever larger and more complicated EU.
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Table of contents

The European Research Institute and The Political Quarterly. Introduction: Anand Menon. Rt Hon Sir Michael Palliser GCMG 1973--1975. Sir Donald Maitland GCMG, OBE 1975--1979. Sir Michael Butler GCMG 1979--1985. The Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG 1985--1990. Sir John Kerr GCMG 1990--1995. Sir Stephen Wall KCMG 1995--2000. Sir Nigel Sheinwald KCMG 2000--2003. John Grant CMG 2003 -- present. Conclusion: Anand Menon. Notes. The Contributors
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Review quote

"The UK Permanent Representatives have managed the nuances and neuroses of Britain's membership of the European Union for 30 years. Their reflections are -- naturally -- not kick and tell. But they are a unique and illuminating record of how effective engagement has been sustained despite headlines, handbags, empty chairs and other dramas." Neil Kinnock, Vice President, European Commission "This book contains invaluable insights into Britaina s existential struggle to come to terms with its membership of the European Union. What better witnesses could we have than those who have played a role somewhere between diplomacy and psychotherapy as Britaina s Ambassadors to the European Union?" Chris Patten, European Commissioner "Quite interesting and illuminating...the introduction and conclusion by Anand Menon tie in the themes of the contributors well and the editor has done well to bring these people together." Australian Journal of Political Science
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About Anand Menon

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. His recent publications include 'Governing Europe' (ed. with Jack Hayward, 2003) and 'Britain and the EU's Constitutional Treaty' (2004), a working paper for Jacques Delors' think tank, Notre Europe.
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