The European Union

The European Union : A Critical Guide

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The political dynamics of the European Union can often appear confusing, shrouded as they are in complex legislative processes. This book offers a clear and thorough critical introduction to the origins, development and current direction of the EU, and pinpoints the major policy debates animating decision-makers.This revised and updated edition offers a well-illustrated analysis of each of the EU's major policy areas, and covers arguments both for and against the EU. McGiffen explores subjects including 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 the economic and political problems facing Europe.Published in association with Spectre.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745325068
  • 9780745325064
  • 1,555,963

About Steven P. McGiffen

Steven P. McGiffen works for the United Left Group in the European Parliament. He is also an advisor to the Socialist Party of the Netherlands and editor of Spectre, a radical left on-line magazine. He has worked within the European Parliament since 1986.
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Table of contents


Abbreviations and Acronyms

1 Introduction to the 2nd Edition

2 The Treaties

3 The Institutions

4 How the European Union makes law

5 Enlargement

6 The Common Foreign and Security Policy

7 Citizenship, Justice and Home Affairs

8 Monetary Policy

9 The Internal Market

10 External Economic Relations

11 Employment and Social Policy

12 The Environment and Public Health

13 The Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy

14 Transport

15 Regional Policy

16 Industrial Policy and Energy

17 The proposed European Constitution and beyond: What future for the European Union?

18 Conclusion


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'Gives voice to a kind of criticism of the EU largely marginalised in the political debate' -- Millennium, Journal of International Studies 'McGiffen writes with great clarity and an accessible prose style. He includes the key facts, but is concise enough to ensure that he is never boring' -- Roger Helmer, These Tides 'This critical guide to the EU is an attempt to explain how the EU really works from the euro and CAP to qualified majority voting and foreign policy. It draws both on experience and on research from an impressively wide range of sources' -- Tom Easton, LOBSTER 'A clear and compact oversight of the working of the different policy areas of the European Union' -- Dusnieuws
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