The European Union

The European Union : A Critical Guide

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This work offers a clear and thorough critical introduction to the origins, development and current direction of the EU, and pinpoints the major debates animating decision-makers. Offering an illustrated analysis of each of the EU's major policy areas, the author places them in the context of the economic, political and philosophical bases that underpin the arguments both for and against the EU. Subjects covered include enlargement, internal and external security, the Euro, trade, the environment, employment, transport and regional policy. He explains how and why the debate about membership is frequently and falsely presented as if it were a conflict between "nationalism" and "internationalism," and argues instead that the EU is merely one of a number of possible solutions to the economic and political problems facing Britain and its other members.show more

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  • Hardback | 193 pages
  • 141.7 x 220.5 x 19.6mm | 489.89g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • d.ch.
  • 0745316964
  • 9780745316963

About Steven P. McGiffen

Yuriy Kulchik is at the Ministry of Nationalities and Regional Politics in the Russian Federation. Andrey Fadin is a journalist and has written widely on the modern history of Russia. Victor Sergeev is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Policies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.show more

Table of contents

Beginnings; an ever closer union?; the structure and institutions of the EU; the budget; the legislative process; enlargement; common defence or unbridled militarism; European citizenship; monetary policy; the internal market; trade; employment policy; environment, consumer and public health; the common agricultural policy; the common fisheries policy and its failure; transport; regional policy; research and development; conclusions.show more

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