The European Union
27%
off

The European Union : Politics and Policies

4.8 (5 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Description

Covering the history, governing institutions, and policies of the European Union, Jonathan Olsen and John McCormick present the EU as one of the world's economic and political superpowers, which has brought far-reaching changes to the lives of Europeans and has helped its member states to take a newly assertive role on the global stage. Unlike most other books on the EU, this text pays particular attention to the implications of the EU for the United States.


Thoroughly revised, with new photographs and updated tables and figures, the sixth edition of The European Union explains developments that have brought severe challenges to the Union, such as the Greek crisis, the Brexit, tensions with Russia over Ukraine, and new waves of refugees into Europe. Essential reading for students of European politics, this book offers an up-to-the-minute look at both the opportunities and existential threats facing this powerful institution.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 402 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 567g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • London, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 6th New edition
  • 0813349842
  • 9780813349848
  • 1,728,322

Back cover copy

"Praise for Previous Editions"
This is unreservedly a book I would recommend. Olsen and McCormick capably distill complex themes involving the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union. Without question, its scholarship and scope position "The European Union" at the fore of introductions to this field of study. Christopher Burdett, Virginia Commonwealth University
A concise yet complete overview of the European Union. The clarity of the authors style helps to make this very complicated topic accessible and interesting to undergraduate students. Their explicit comparison of EU governance to the U.S. system is also very useful for an American audience. Jeanie Bukowski, Bradley University
Provides a richly detailed and clearly written guide to this complex political system that is both comprehensive and filled with analytical insight. It will be as useful and interesting to scholars of the EU as it is accessible to students. David R. Cameron, Yale University
One of the world s economic and political superpowers, the European Union has brought about far-reaching changes to the lives of Europeans and helped its member states collectively to take a more assertive role on the global stage. "The European Union: Politics and Policies" covers the history, governing institutions, and policies of this unique entity, while also paying close attention to the implications of the EU for the United States.
Thoroughly revised, with new photographs and updated tables and figures, the sixth edition of "The European Union" also explains developments that have brought severe challenges to the Union, such as the Greek crisis, the Brexit, tensions with Russia over Ukraine, and new waves of refugees into Europe. Essential reading for students of European politics, this book offers an up-to-the-minute look at both the opportunities and existential threats facing this powerful institution.
Jonathan Olsen is professor and chair of the department of history and government at Texas Woman s University.
John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
"
show more

Table of contents

Contents Tables and Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments About the Authors Acronyms and Abbreviations Introduction Part I: History 1 What Is the European Union? Chapter Overview The Role of the State How Did the EU Evolve? What Has the EU Become? Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 2 Origins: The Road to Paris Chapter Overview The Taming of Europe Economic Reconstruction and the Marshall Plan Security and the Cold War Opening Moves: Coal and Steel (1950--1953) Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 3 Emergence: To the Single Market and Beyond Chapter Overview From Paris to Rome (1955--1958) Integration Takes Root (1958--1968) The Role of the United States Enlargement: Looking North and South (1960--1986) Toward Economic and Monetary Union (1969--1993) Completing the Single Market (1983--1993) Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 4 Consolidation and Crises: Maastricht, Lisbon, and the Eurozone Chapter Overview From Community to Union (1970--1993) The Euro Arrives (1995--2002) Changes to the Treaties: Amsterdam and Nice (1997--2001) Blowback from Iraq (2003--2005) More Enlargement: Looking East (1994--2013) From Lisbon to the Eurozone Crisis (2001--) Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes Part II: Institutions 5 The European Commission Chapter Overview Evolution Structure How the Commission Works Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 6 The Council of the European Union Chapter Overview Evolution Structure How the Council Works Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 7 The European Parliament Chapter Overview Evolution Structure Political Groups in the European Parliament How Parliament Works Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 8 The Court of Justice of the European Union Chapter Overview Evolution Structure Sources of European Union Law How the Court Works Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 9 The European Council, the European Central Bank, and Other Institutions Chapter Overview Evolution Structure How the Council Works Specialized Institutions and Agencies Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 10 Representing Public Opinion Chapter Overview Public Opinion in the EU Referendums European Elections Interest Groups Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes Part III: Policies 11 Public Policy and the Budget of the EU Chapter Overview The Policy Cycle Features of the Policy Process The Budget Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 12 Economic Policy and the Single Market Chapter Overview The Single Market and Europe 2020 The Euro Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 13 Cohesion, Justice and Home Affairs, and Other Internal Policies Chapter Overview Building a Level Playing Field Social Policy Justice and Home Affairs Education and Languages Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 14 Agricultural and Environmental Policy Chapter Overview Agricultural Policy Environmental Policy Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 15 The EU and the World Chapter Overview Toward a Common Foreign Policy Toward a Common Security Policy Trade Policy Developments in the Neighborhood: Eastern Europe and Russia Relations with BRIC Countries Development Cooperation Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes 16 The EU and the United States Chapter Overview The Changing International System The Transatlantic Relationship A Litany of Disputes Explaining the Differences Questions to Consider Further Reading Notes Conclusions Notes Glossary Appendix 1 Chronology of European Integration Appendix 2 Sources of Information Index
show more

Review quote

Praise for Previous Editions "This is unreservedly a book I would recommend. Olsen and McCormick capably distill complex themes involving the history, institutions, and policies of the European Union. Without question, its scholarship and scope position The European Union at the fore of introductions to this field of study." --Christopher Burdett, Virginia Commonwealth University "A concise yet complete overview of the European Union. The clarity of the authors' style helps to make this very complicated topic accessible and interesting to undergraduate students. Their explicit comparison of EU governance to the U.S. system is also very useful for an American audience." --Jeanie Bukowski, Bradley University "The previous editions of John McCormick's text on the European Union established it as a preeminent introductory book in the field. Its clear and concise style has made the text especially valuable for the American student who frequently lacks a background on the topic. The third edition continues this tradition by providing penetrating updates on the EU's enlargement and the recent transatlantic friction over Iraq." --Brian Murphy, co-director, European Union Center, University System of Georgia, and professor at North Georgia College & State University
show more

About Jonathan Olsen

Jonathan Olsen is professor and chair of the department of history and government at Texas Woman's University. He teaches courses in comparative politics and political theory, with a specialization in German politics and the politics of the European Union. He is a three-time Fulbright Scholar and has had visiting appointments at the University of Munster, Potsdam University, and the European University-Viadrina (Frankfurt-Oder). His books include Nature and Nationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999) and (with Dan Hough and Michael Koss) The Left Party in Contemporary German Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Left Parties in National Governments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.)John McCormick is Jean Monnet professor of European Union politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His teaching and research interests lie in comparative politics, with particular interests in the politics of the EU, environmental policy, and transatlantic relations. He spent the first half of 2013 as the Fulbright Chair in EU-US Relations at the College of Europe in Belgium. His other publications include European Union Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2015) and Comparative Government and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 10th edition, 2016).
show more

Rating details

5 ratings
4.8 out of 5 stars
5 80% (4)
4 20% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X