European Union Politics

European Union Politics

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This major new text provides an engaging introduction to all aspects of politics and policy in the European Union. The author's lively and student-friendly style brings the subject to life, giving readers a sense of the colour of EU politics and its impact on people's lives. John McCormick examines the history, institutions, processes and policies of the European Union. He analyses where the EU stands in today's world, set in the context of globalization, EU enlargement and Europe's changing role on the world stage. In addition, the book focuses on the mechanisms by which Europeans engage with the EU and reviews public opinion in member states - both about integration itself and a range of broader issues. Each chapter contains a wide range of features to support and reinforce learning: * Photos and descriptions of events, thinkers and political actors * Integrated coverage of theory * Breakdowns of key debates * Chapter summaries and guides to further reading * On-page definitions and clear explanations of key concepts
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 188 x 244 x 28mm | 938.93g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 29 tables, 71 figures, 15 maps, 40 black & white halftones
  • 0230577075
  • 9780230577077
  • 476,367

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"This excellent textbook is an absolute 'must have' for anyone with an interest in the European Union. Bang up to date, and taking full account of the Lisbon Treaty changes, it is equally suited to those studying EU politics and government for the first time and those who wish to delve deeper into its intricacies." - Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, Canada "Accessible but thought-provoking, and based on an impressively deep knowledge of the European Union, this beautifully-written, comprehensive and thoughtful new introduction, seemingly effortlessly, makes a complex subject really come alive. My students will love it." - Jane O'Mahony, University of Kent, UK "Lively and vivid, this wonderfully accessible introduction to the principles, history, politics, policies, and effects of European integration will really help students penetrate the walls of incomprehension and complexity that too often surround fortress Europe." - Jonathon W. Moses, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway "An excellent up-to-date textbook combining clear writing with a deep knowledge of the European Union. I recommend it highly both for newcomers to EU Studies and for those who want to gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities, some would say 'mysteries', of European integration." Alberta M. Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh, USA "Comprehensive, authoritative and, above all, accessible with a lively writing style lightened by pertinent anecdotes and observations: a rare combination. It succeeds admirably in its objective of providing a systematically-integrated introduction for students approaching the study of EU politics for the first time." - Wyn Grant, University of Warwick, UK
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About John McCormick

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA.
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Table of contents

Preface Introduction PART I: HISTORY & IDEAS Understanding Integration What is the European Union? Who are the Europeans? Organizing Postwar Europe Building a Single Market Paving the Way to European Union To Lisbon and Beyond The Treaties The Member States PART II: POLITICS & GOVERNANCE The European Commission The Councils The European Parliament The European Court of Justice Specialized Agencies Parties and Interest Groups Elections and Referendums Public Opinion PART III: POLICIES Public Policy in the EU Economic Policy Inside the Euro Zone Managing Resources Cohesion Policy Justice and Home Affairs The EU as a Global Actor The EU and the World Conclusions
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