Living with the European Union

Living with the European Union : The Northern Ireland Experience

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The experience of one region over 25 years within the European Union forms the basis of an examination of how the EU impacts on a region's economy, on its society and on its particular problems. In the case of Northern Ireland, inclusion in the European Union has coincided with the most sustained campaign of political terrorism in western Europe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 207 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 430g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • X, 207 p.
  • 0333753801
  • 9780333753804

Table of contents

List of Tables Notes on the Contributors Preface Introduction: Portrait of a Region A Region Among Regions: The Wider View ; T.Christiansen Europe and the Northern Ireland Economy; G.Gudgin Changing Scene: EU Impact on the Rural Economy; J.Davis Trading Partners: Northern Ireland's External Economic Links; E.Birnie For Richer or Poorer: The Social Impact; Q.Oliver European Rules and a Changing Environment; J.S.Furphy Europe and the Northern Ireland Problem; D.Kennedy The European Connection and Public Opinion; M.L.Smith Index
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Review quote

'This book is greatly to be welcomed both as a source of information and for its potential to encourage debate over the interpretation of its findings. It is the only comprehensive guide to the economic, social and political dimensions of Northern Ireland in the European Union. Its nearest rival - though equally welcome in its day - covers less ground and is now very out of date. In addition to filling a lacuna in the literature, the books' individual chapters provide food for thought over judgements about the extent of the EU's impact on agriculture, trade, the economy and the political conflict. It also shows the complexity involved in interpreting public opinion on what the EU's impact should be. The book invites reflection upon why some sectors (social and environmental policies) and different parts of a single sector (agriculture) seem to show more impact than others. The intriguing feature of the chapter on the environment is the possibility that the area where the EU may have had its biggest effect is also one where that impact is least noticed by the public. Yet, in a further twist to the tale, it is likely that there would be popular approval of the EU's role in this sphere. The book will be essential reading for all social science students of Northern Irish affairs and will make a valuable contribution to the burgeoning literature on regions in Europe and their comparative performance.' - Elizabeth Meehan, Professor of Politics, Queens University, Belfast
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About Dennis Kennedy

DENNIS KENNEDY has been a close observer of the European scene from an Irish viewpoint for the past 30 years. First, as a journalist (Diplomatic Correspondent of the Irish Times), he covered the entry negotiations that brought the United Kingdom and Ireland into the then European Economic Community. From 1985 to 1991 he served as Head of the European Commission's Office in Belfast. Since 1993 he has been attached to the Institute of European Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. His journalistic career includes periods in the United States (1963-64) and Ethiopia (1966-68) and he has reported widely on Third World matters and development cooperation.
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