The European Union Book

The European Union


  • Author : Jonathan Olsen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-07-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429803871

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The European Union Excerpt :

Thoroughly revised, the seventh edition of this accessible and highly respected text provides a rigorous yet digestible introduction to the European Union. Additionally, it authoritatively explains developments that continue to bring challenges to this powerful institution in times of great political change. Key features: Clearly covers the history, governing institutions, and policies of the EU; Fully updated with new tables, figures, and photographs; In-text features such as Chapter Overviews, Questions to Consider, and Further Reading encourage deeper research and debate; Sustained discussion of transformative and historical change in the upheaval of Brexit and its ramifications, and the future relationship of the UK with the EU; Through reflection on destabilizing issues such as immigration and the years of refugee crisis in Europe, the continued crisis in the eurozone, tensions with Poland and Hungary, Euroskepticism, Russia, and the rise of populism; Increased coverage throughout of women or minorities within the EU. Jonathan Olsen presents the EU as one of the world's economic and political superpowers, which has brought far-reaching changes to the lives of Europeans and has helped its member states to take a newly assertive role on the global stage. Essential reading for students of European and EU politics, this book offers an up-to-the-minute look at both the opportunities and existential threats facing the EU.

European Union Book

European Union


  • Author : Alex Warleigh
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415303316

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European Union Excerpt :

This text offers a concise & accessible introduction for students new to the study of the European Union. It offers an up-to-date guide to the major issues & areas of debate.

The Making of the European Union Book

The Making of the European Union


  • Author : Sten Berglund
  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release Date : 2006-01-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 1781959005

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The Making of the European Union Excerpt :

The Making of the European Union argues that the process of European integration has drifted into serious crisis, perhaps the most serious since the Danes voted against the Treaty of the European Union in 1992. Analysing the conditions for European integration, this book applies a citizens' or 'bottom-up' perspective on the integration process. The difficulties that the constitutional process has encountered illustrate the relevance of bringing public opinion into the analysis of the prospects for European integration. The book describes and analyses the historical, mental, intellectual , and attitudinal denominators of European integration, denominators that have shaped the processes so far and will continue to do so in the future. The authors apply a broad comparative perspective, where European nation-states constitute the primary units of analysis. The focus is on the foundations of European integration, public views about the EU, including various shades of Euroscepticism, and the long-term prospects of the EU. This book will appeal to a wide audience including scholars and researchers in the social sciences - particularly political science, comparative politics and European studies. The book will also be of great interest to journalists and all those involved in the EU, including policy makers and civil servants throughout the EU itself.

The European Union Since 1945 Book

The European Union Since 1945


  • Author : Alasdair Blair
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-05-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317861898

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The European Union Since 1945 Excerpt :

The European Union faces a crossroads in the twenty-first century. While there is evidence of declining enthusiasm for European integration, the EU plays an increasingly vital role in tackling problems that can no longer be dealt with at member state level. In recent years, the EU has developed a stronger foreign, security and defence policy, and has had to face up to the challenges of tackling organised crime, human trafficking and drug smuggling. In this fully updated new edition, Alasdair Blair examines the economic, political, social and personal factors that have shaped the process of European integration from the end of the Second World War until the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Written in a clear and jargon-free style, the book explores: The context of European integration and expansion The relations between the European Union and its member states The institutional evolution of the European Union Methods of decision-making Key policies of the European Union The future direction of the European Union Comprehensive and accessible, this book is an essential guide to understanding the relevance of the European Union in the twenty-first century.

Small States and the European Union Book

Small States and the European Union


  • Author : Lino Briguglio
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-06-10
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317362869

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Small States and the European Union Excerpt :

The Economies of European Union Small Member and Candidate States deals with the small states and candidate states of the EU, with a focus on their economic structure and performance, and the impact of EU membership (past, actual and potential) on the economy. The small states to be covered are those with a population of 3 million or less, namely: Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. This title adds to the literature on the EU, on regional integration generally and on small states. It delves into the special constraints of small economic size, and examines why and how the small states of Europe manage to compete, albeit not without difficulty, with the larger states in the block, where free trade prevails. The book answers the following research questions: What are the special economic development constraints faced by the small states of the EU? What policy options have been used by, or are available to, these small states to address these constraints? How can the economic resilience and competitiveness of these states be enhanced? Has EU membership been mostly advantageous for these small states? What are the economic prospects for these states as EU member states? The book is aimed primarily for students of EU affairs and of regional integration in general. It will also be useful for students of subjects relating to small states. It may also appeal to policy makers of small states, and to officials of international and regional organisations that have a constituency that includes small states.

The Foreign Policy of the European Union Book

The Foreign Policy of the European Union


  • Author : Federiga M. Bindi
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815722526

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The Foreign Policy of the European Union Excerpt :

"Explores European foreign policy and the degree of European Union success in proposing itself as a valid international actor, drawing from the expertise of scholars and practitioners in many disciplines. Addresses issues past and present, theoretical and practice-oriented, and country- and region-specific"--Provided by publisher.

Italy and the European Union Book

Italy and the European Union


  • Author : Federiga Bindi
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 0815705093

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Italy and the European Union Excerpt :

Federiga Bindi provides, for the first time, an in-depth analysis of Italy's role within the European Union (EU) in this inaugural volume of a book series published jointly by the Brookings Institution Press and the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione (Italian National School of Public Administration, or SSPA). Italy and the European Union relates in detail the historical, cultural, and sociological factors that have led to Italy's incomplete "Europeanization," or full integration, within the EU. It also brings the reader up-to-date on the steps taken by the country's leaders to improve Italy's standing and become a more effective member in the organization it helped to found. Discussing the author's extensive research, The Economist notes.... "Federiga Bindi identified a number of barriers to an effective European policy in Italy: a high turnover of governments; coalition partners with conflicting aims; the failure of bureaucrats to learn from other member states; and politicians' lack of interest in Europe... recently however, she found that matters had improved. An interdepartmental body for the coordination of EU policies has been created, Parliament operates an effective scrutiny system..., the administration has learnt to learn from others. But the other problems remain, and they are formidable. Her study ends on an exasperated note: 'Italy appears to be stuck in the age of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, in which the victory of one faction over another is what counts, and the fact that this may be damaging to the country matters little.'" —from The Economist, July 31, 2010

Reforming the European Union Book

Reforming the European Union


  • Author : Daniel Finke
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-07-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691153933

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Reforming the European Union Excerpt :

For decades the European Union tried changing its institutions, but achieved only unsatisfying political compromises and modest, incremental treaty revisions. In late 2009, however, the EU was successfully reformed through the Treaty of Lisbon. Reforming the European Union examines how political leaders ratified this treaty against all odds and shows how this victory involved all stages of treaty reform negotiations--from the initial proposal to referendums in several European countries. The authors emphasize the strategic role of political leadership and domestic politics, and they use state-of-the-art methodology, applying a comprehensive data set for actors' reform preferences. They look at how political leaders reacted to apparent failures of the process by recreating or changing the rules of the game. While domestic actors played a significant role in the process, their influence over the outcome was limited as leaders ignored negative referendums and plowed ahead with intended reforms. The book's empirical analyses shed light on critical episodes: strategic agenda setting during the European Convention, the choice of ratification instrument, intergovernmental bargaining dynamics, and the reaction of the German Council presidency to the negative referendums in France, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

A Dictionary of the European Union Book

A Dictionary of the European Union


  • Author : Lee McGowan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2003-09-02
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135356385

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A Dictionary of the European Union Excerpt :

Concise definitions and explanations on all aspects of the European Union. * Over 1,000 entries * Explains the terminology surrounding the EU and outlines the roles and significance of the institutions, member countries, programmes and policies, treaties and personalities * Clear and succinct definitions * Spells out acronyms and abbreviations * Entries include: Globalization; PHARE; Treaty of Nice; Helmut Schmidt; Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF); Tampere Summit; Governance White Paper; Valéry Giscard d'Estaing * Arranged alphabetically and fully cross-referenced.

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union Book

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union


  • Author : Erik Jones
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-30
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 893
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199546282

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The Oxford Handbook of the European Union Excerpt :

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union brings together numerous acknowledged specialists in their field to provide a comprehensive and clear assessment of the nature, evolution, workings, and impact of European integration.

International Law and the European Union Book

International Law and the European Union


  • Author : Jed Odermatt
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-30
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108841993

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International Law and the European Union Excerpt :

International Law and the European Union addresses the public international law issues that arise from the European Union's international action.

Financial Accountability in the European Union Book

Financial Accountability in the European Union


  • Author : Paul Stephenson
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-11-20
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000223576

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Financial Accountability in the European Union Excerpt :

This book offers comprehensive coverage of various aspects of financial accountability around the EU budget – how it is spent via policies, how institutions engage in checking policy performance (what taxpayers’ money actually delivers), and therein, the issues of monitoring, controlling, auditing, scrutinising and communicating budgetary expenditure. Presenting conceptual and theoretical approaches including financial accountability, learning, multi-level governance, implementation and throughput legitimacy, it looks at EU institutions (European Parliament, European Court of Auditors, European Ombudsman, European Public Prosecutor’s Office) and national bodies (supreme audit institutions at the national level), examining their contact with the EU budget. It details the historical development of accountability mechanisms (the ‘statement of assurance’, financial corrections, and parliamentary oversight by the Budgetary Control Committee (CONT)), and examines policy areas such as those of agriculture, social policy and cohesion (including Structural Funds and the Common Agricultural Policy), exploring the challenges of financial accountability in practice. Given the recent introduction of non-budgetary financial instruments and tools only partly financed by the EU budget, it sheds light on new burgeoning areas such as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and the challenges they bring for ensuring the accountability of public money. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of audit and evaluation, budgetary spending and financial control and, more broadly, public administration, public policy and EU institutions and politics.

The European Union in the World Book

The European Union in the World


  • Author : Inge Govaere
  • Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
  • Release Date : 2013-11-07
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 708
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004259140

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The European Union in the World Excerpt :

Edited byThe European Union in the World: Essays in Honour of Marc MaresceauEdited by is dedicated to the academic career of Marc Maresceau, a world-renowned expert in EU external relations law and pioneer in EU enlargement and neighbourhood studies. With a special focus on the post-Lisbon legal framework of EU external action, the book builds further upon the implementation of the reforms initiated by the Lisbon Treaty to offer virtually all-encompassing analysis of EU external relations law by top-level specialists.

Governance in the European Union Book

Governance in the European Union


  • Author : Gary Marks
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • Release Date : 1996-05-21
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849207041

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Governance in the European Union Excerpt :

A fresh alternative to traditional state-centred analyses of the process of European integration is presented in this book. World-renowned scholars analyze the state in terms of its component parts and clearly show the interaction of subnational, national and supranational actors in the emerging European polity. This `multi-level politics' approach offers a powerful lens through which to view the future course of European integration. The contributors' empirical exploration of areas such as regional governance, social policy and social movements underpins their broad conceptual and theoretical framework providing significant new insight into European politics.

The European Union and the Social Dimension of Globalization Book

The European Union and the Social Dimension of Globalization


  • Author : Jan Orbie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2009-01-13
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134035533

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The European Union and the Social Dimension of Globalization Excerpt :

This volume provides a comprehensive account of the European Union’s social role in the world, assessing the EU’s ability to shape the social aspect of globalization from both law and political science perspectives. Focusing explicitly on the EU, the authors address the extent of coherence between the Union’s international social objectives compared with the activities of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and with other EU foreign policy goals. Various dimensions of Europe’s global social role are addressed, including: the social dimension of EU trade relations the involvement of civil society in EU development policies the linkage between the EU’s internal and external ‘social model’ the export of Europe’s social acquis through enlargement and neighbourhood policies the EU’s international position on health, gender equality, children’s rights, and corporate social responsibility the role of the Union in the ILO The European Union and the Social Dimension of Globalization will be of strong interest to students and researchers in EU studies, Globalization studies, and Social Policy.