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 more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745325076
  • 9780745325071

Table of contents

Preface; 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; Notes; Recommended Reading; more

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. He is the author, most recently, of Biotechnology (Pluto Press, 2005).show more

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"'A clear and compact overview of the different policy areas of the European Union.' Dusnieuws '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.... This is an invaluable book.' These Tides 'For those that want a concise guide to the Brussels maze, written as though people matter, McGiffen's book is a unique starting point and a key read.' Red Pepper"show more

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