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Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction, Fourth Edition / Edition 4
     

Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

by John McCormick
 

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ISBN-10: 0230201024

ISBN-13: 9780230201026

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

An immediate success on first publication, Understanding the European Union provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. This revised and updated new edition includes fuller coverage of policy and policy making and of theoretical approaches to the study of the EU.

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An immediate success on first publication, Understanding the European Union provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. This revised and updated new edition includes fuller coverage of policy and policy making and of theoretical approaches to the study of the EU.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230201026
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Series:
European Union Series
Edition description:
Fourth Edition, Revised and Updated
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Tables, Figures and Mapsvii
List of Abbreviationsix
Introductionxi
Acknowledgementsxv
1What is the European Union?1
The international system2
Levels of cooperation6
The logic of integration12
Regional integration around the world18
Conclusions27
2The Idea of Europe29
The changing nature of Europe30
Where is Europe?38
Europe today41
Conclusions54
3The Evolution of the EU56
Domestic and international background57
First steps towards integration (1945-58)63
Deepening and widening (1958-86)68
Economic and social integration (1979-92)72
From Community to Union (1992-)76
Conclusions82
4The Institutions of the EU84
A constitution for Europe85
The European Commission88
The Council of Ministers95
The European Council99
The European Parliament103
The European Court of Justice109
Conclusions113
5The EU and the Member States115
The changing powers of the member states116
Reducing regional differences122
Improving environmental quality128
An emerging European civil society132
The changing character of the EU135
Conclusions139
6The EU and its Citizens141
The democratic deficit142
The people's Europe149
Social policy156
Improving accountability162
Conclusions165
7Economic Integration167
The single market168
Effects of the single market173
The common agricultural policy180
Inside the euro zone186
Conclusions191
8The EU and the World193
Building a European foreign policy194
Towards a European defence policy200
Europe as an economic superpower204
Relations with the United States209
Relations with eastern Europe212
Development cooperation214
Conclusions218
AppendixA Chronology of European Integration, 1944-2002220
Sources of Further Information223
Bibliography226
Index233

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