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Overview

The European Union-the world's greatest experiment in interstate reconciliation through regional integration-is now fifty years old. However, it remains a mystery to many people in and outside Europe. This clear and comprehensive book is dedicated to "demystifying" the EU for both introductory and seasoned students of European integration. Roy H. Ginsberg begins with the foundation blocks of history, law, economics, and politics to provide the context for understanding integration. He then deconstructs the EU into its individual elements to examine them in relation to one another and to the whole before reconstructing the EU as a single polity: In doing so, he evaluates the EU's scope for agency and its effects on Europeans and non-Europeans alike.

About the Author:
Roy H. Ginsberg is professor of government at Skidmore College

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Common Market Studies
Ginsberg is eminently qualified to undertake the task of unravelling the mystery that is the European Union. . . . [He] adopts an interdisciplinary and conceptually sophisticated approach to the study of EU with [an] elegant and expert fusion of theory with practice. Crisply and engagingly written. . . . Finally, the pedagogic tools found at the end of each chapter, such as key concepts, study questions and selected readings (and websites), are extremely useful for both teacher and student alike.
Internationale Politik
Ginsberg’s text is deliberately pedagogic, with welcome concluding sections in each chapter on review, key concepts, study questions, and recommendations for further reading. . . . Exemplary in providing the simple analytical building blocks—supranationalism, intergovernmentalism, acquis communautaire, acquis politique, multispeed Europe, outputs, comitology, and the like—and then showing how blurred these concepts become as political clashes and pragmatic compromises unpredictably mix bits of each approach. . . . The beginning student could hardly find [a] better guide to the unique construction of the European Union than [this] introductory text.
— Elizabeth Pond
Eusa Review
Discussing all three worlds [of European Integration] in one volume, Roy Ginsberg’s Demystifying the European Union: The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration needs to be recommended as an excellent overview of the many faces of European integration.
CHOICE
Currently, the EU is confronted with dramatic financial challenges testing the endurance of its foundations. While some may question the prospects of a stable EU and even foresee disintegration, the logic underpinning its regional integration endures. Ginsberg offers a comprehensive overview of the EU along with a wealth of informative charts and tables as well as thought-provoking study questions that ultimately underscore the enduring logic of regional integration in this easily accessible, detailed-oriented second edition of a textbook designed for students taking courses on European integration. Bound by shared geography, history, religions, economy, and civilization, the EU is not an accident of history but a history of dialectical unity and disunity. Accordingly, the comprehensive overview begins with a historical perspective of the EU that spans 2,000 years and then turns to the political thought and political theory associated with European integration. In addition to examining the legal and economic foundations of the EU, the volume, from a policy-making perspective, continues with a detailed explanation of the decision-making processes and the relevant political institutions and concludes with a discussion and assessment of policy outcomes. Recommended.
Choice
Currently, the EU is confronted with dramatic financial challenges testing the endurance of its foundations. While some may question the prospects of a stable EU and even foresee disintegration, the logic underpinning its regional integration endures. Ginsberg (Skidmore College) offers a comprehensive overview of the EU along with a wealth of informative charts and tables as well as thought-provoking study questions that ultimately underscore the enduring logic of regional integration in this easily accessible, detailed-oriented second edition of a textbook designed for students taking courses on European integration. Bound by shared geography, history, religions, economy, and civilization, the EU is not an accident of history but a history of dialectical unity and disunity. Accordingly, the comprehensive overview begins with a historical perspective of the EU that spans 2,000 years and then turns to the political thought and political theory associated with European integration. In addition to examining the legal and economic foundations of the EU, the volume, from a policy-making perspective, continues with a detailed explanation of the decision-making processes and the relevant political institutions and concludes with a discussion and assessment of policy outcomes. Recommended.
John Peterson
Roy Ginsberg has produced a terrific piece of work to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the European Union's birth certificate. This book really DOES demystify the EU for the interested beginner, while even the most grizzled veteran will learn things they didn't know. If there is another book on the EU that is this much fun to read, I've not yet found it.
Christopher Hill
Roy Ginsberg is probably the leading U.S. academic expert on the complexities of the European Union's external relations. Yet his writing never fails to address the big questions—of power, sovereignty, and purpose—which the subject raises, and he does so in a deeply humanistic way.
Stephanie Anderson
The best undergraduate text I have ever seen on European integration. It's easy to read, and I was so pleased to see the glossary and bolding of terms such as 'comparative advantage' and 'globalization.' Too often, books on the EU assume knowledge of such terms, and I spend most of my class explaining their European context.
Alberta Sbragia
This book provides a lucid—and much needed—'demystification' of the European Union. Anyone interested in the EU will find this book extraordinarily worthwhile for introducing the reader to the history, the policies, the politics, and the international relations of a unique and very important actor in the world.
Vivien A. Schmidt
This is the book we have all been waiting for: a text that covers everything we need to know about the EU in a highly readable form. The book takes a broad sweep, recapping the history of Europe before detailing the history of the European Union, reviewing the theories of European integration, and explaining what goes on inside the EU before turning to how it deals with the outside world. It will be welcomed by novices looking for an intelligent introduction to the mysteries of EU governance and by teachers searching for a text that really does ‘demystify’ the EU.
Internationale Politik - Elizabeth Pond
Ginsberg’s text is deliberately pedagogic, with welcome concluding sections in each chapter on review, key concepts, study questions, and recommendations for further reading. . . . Exemplary in providing the simple analytical building blocks—supranationalism, intergovernmentalism, acquis communautaire, acquis politique, multispeed Europe, outputs, comitology, and the like—and then showing how blurred these concepts become as political clashes and pragmatic compromises unpredictably mix bits of each approach. . . . The beginning student could hardly find [a] better guide to the unique construction of the European Union than [this] introductory text.
Glenda G. Rosenthal
Demystifying Europe is a rare and wonderful find—a highly readable, provocative textbook full of useful and usable information. I thoroughly enjoyed the approach, which thankfully gets away from some of the traditional textbook format. Ginsberg's aim to 'demystify' the EU through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach is to be greatly commended. His comparison of EU governmental institutions to those of the United States sheds much light on the governmental features unique to the EU. A must read for students and instructor alike.
Michael Sodaro
Ginsberg's book is indispensable for students and scholars seeking a clear, accurate, and readable account of how the European Union works. He traces the organization's history, clarifies its institutions and procedures, and critically assesses a vast amount of literature on the subject. This comprehensive and reader-friendly text is the best I've seen.
Stuart E. Eizenstat
Roy Ginsberg is the premier American scholar on the European Union. Better than anyone, he has elaborated the sui generis nature of an institution in which independent Member States have pooled their sovereignty in certain areas and retained it in other areas. But in his newest book, he has emphasized how this unique regional integration has grown over time, not just in the number of Member States, but in the development and maturity of its institutions. The breadth of his scholarship and his impact on transatlantic relations are astonishing. This book is yet another of his seminal works and a must-read for anyone interested in understanding one of the most important and least understood institutions in the world, the European Union.
Stefan Fritsch
One of the most accessible books I have ever used in a class on the European Union. What I liked most was the combination of historical overview and theoretical discussion so students could see how actual political events have shaped the theoretical debates. The book's language is easy to understand (especially for U.S. students who have almost no prior knowledge of the EU) and the content is well structured.
Gabriela Marin Thornton
A clear, in-depth account of the process of European integration. . . . Very well written and extremely well organized, Ginsberg's book provides students of European integration with a fresh approach to issues such as political unity, political thought, decision-making, and international security. . . . A must read for anybody interested in European studies.
EUSA Review
Discussing all three worlds [of European Integration] in one volume, Roy Ginsberg’s Demystifying the European Union: The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration needs to be recommended as an excellent overview of the many faces of European integration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742566927
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 1,230,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy H. Ginsberg is Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration Studies and Joseph C. Palamountain, Jr. Chair in Government at Skidmore College.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Preface     xvii
Acronyms     xix
Note to Instructors     xxiii
Introduction     1
The Importance of the European Union to the World     1
For Europeans     2
For Americans     5
For Europeans and Americans Together     6
The Structure of the Book     8
Key Concepts     9
Study Questions     9
Selected Readings     9
Notes     10
Foundations     11
Unity and Disunity     13
Preview     13
Presence and Absence of Regional Unity and Integration     13
Incarnations and Ghosts     15
Unity and Disunity in Christian Europe     17
The Renaissance, the Hanseatic League, and the Elements of Unity     22
Revolution, War, and Peace     24
Extreme Nationalism and Disintegration     29
Elusive Unity and War Again     32
Two Unities and a Cold War     37
The Reflex to Cooperate: Early Modern European Integration, 1947-1957     39
Collective Self-Defense and the United States     40
Regional Economic Integration, the Schuman Plan, and the United States     41
Extension of Collective Self-Defense     49
The Treaties of Rome     52
Review     56
Key Concepts     57
Study Questions     57
Selected Readings     58
Notes     58
Theory and Practice of Modern European Integration     61
Preview     61
Political Thinkers, Writers, and Statesmen: Fourteenth-Twentieth Centuries     62
Postwar Political Theories of European Integration     67
Federal and Functional Logics     67
Intergovernmentalism and Its Variants     70
Peaks and Troughs of Modern European Integration     72
Growth, Turmoil, and Compromise: 1958-1969     72
Expansion and Sclerosis: 1970-1985     74
Revitalization, Enlargement, New Compacts, and the Return of Uncertainty: 1986-Present     79
Political Theory of European Integration Revisited     86
Conventional Political Theories of Modern European Integration     87
Revisionist Theories of Modern European Integration     89
Review     90
Key Concepts     91
Study Questions     91
Selected Readings      92
Notes     92
The Economic and Legal Foundations of the European Community     95
Preview     95
The Economics of the European Community     97
Customs Union Theory     99
Optimum Currency Area Theory     103
International Political Economy     106
Recap     107
The Law of the European Community     108
Structure and Function     110
Avenues of Legal Redress     112
Principles and Landmarks     117
Cases by Area of EC Competence     121
Looking Back, Looking Ahead     125
Review     129
Key Concepts     130
Study Questions     130
Selected Readings     131
Notes     131
The European Union in Practice     137
The Contexts and Actors of EU Governmental Decisionmaking     145
Preview     145
The Contexts of EU Governmental Decisionmaking     145
Inside World     146
European World     148
Outside World     150
The Inputs into EU Governmental Decisionmaking     151
EU Member Governments, Institutions, and NGOs      152
Political Parties and Electorates     155
Actors outside the European Union     156
Review     157
Key Concepts     157
Study Questions     158
Selected Readings     158
Notes     158
Inside EU Governmental Decisionmaking     160
Preview     160
Conscience of the European Union: The Commission     164
Appointment and Delegation     165
Structure     168
Function and Agency     169
Role in EU Governmental Decisionmaking     171
Taking Stock     174
Fulcrum of Political Power in the European Union: The Council     175
Structure and Function     177
Role in EU Governmental Decisionmaking     179
The Sovereigns of the European Union: The European Council     182
Taking Stock     183
Voice of the European Union: The European Parliament     184
Structure and Function     189
Powers and Role in EU Governmental Decisionmaking     192
Taking Stock     199
The Budgetary Process of the European Community: A Thumbnail Sketch     200
The Auditor of the European Union: The European Court of Auditors      201
The Banks of the European Union     203
The Agencies of the European Union     204
The European Union and the United States: Insights from Comparative Government     205
Constitutionalism and Federalism     207
Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances     208
The EU and U.S. Executives     210
The EU and U.S. Legislatures     212
Review     214
Theoretical Observations     214
Empirical Observations     216
Key Concepts     217
Study Questions     217
Selected Readings     218
Notes     218
The Outputs of EU Governmental Decisionmaking     223
Preview     223
Types of EU Governmental Decisionmaking Instruments     224
Internal Market     226
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     226
Formulation and Execution     228
Key Elements     229
Common Commercial Policy     242
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     242
Formulation and Execution     243
Key Elements     244
Monetary Policy     247
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline      247
Formulation and Execution     250
Key Elements     251
Agriculture     254
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     254
Formulation and Execution     254
Key Elements     255
Regional Development     257
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     257
Formulation and Execution     260
Key Elements     261
Environment, Fisheries, and Food Safety     261
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     261
Formulation and Execution     263
Key Elements     264
Justice and Home Affairs     266
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     266
Formulation and Execution     269
Key Elements     270
Review     273
Theoretical Observations     273
Empirical Observations     275
Key Concepts     277
Study Questions     278
Selected Readings     278
Notes     278
EU Foreign and Security Policy     283
Preview     283
Origins, Objectives, and Timeline     286
Phase One, 1958-1970     289
Phase Two, 1970-1993      290
Phase Three, 1993-1999     291
Phase Four, 1999-Present     292
Formulation and Execution     293
Institutions and Decisionmaking     293
Instruments and Military Capabilities     296
Key Elements-Multilateral Functional Issues     298
Key Elements-Multilateral Security Issues     300
EU Security Operations     300
Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Arms Control     302
Combatting Crime and Terrorism     303
Key Elements-Countries and Regions     304
Central and Eastern Europe and Enlargement     304
European Neighborhood     306
EU-EFTA Relations     306
Western Balkans     307
Ukraine and Russia     309
Mediterranean Littoral and Middle East     311
Sub-Saharan Africa     316
Asia     318
Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada     319
The United States     320
Review     325
Theoretical Observations     325
Empirical Observations     326
Key Concepts     326
Study Questions     327
Selected Readings     327
Notes      327
Evaluating European Integration     329
The Internal Dimension of European Integration     331
Preview     331
Growth of Membership     331
Intra-EU Trade and the Euro as an Official World Reserve Currency     332
EP Elections and Ratification Procedures for EC/EU Treaties     333
Public Opinion     336
Historical Data and Overall Perceptions of the European Union     337
Importance of the European Union and Support for Political Unification     337
Benefits of Membership     338
Image of and National Power in the European Union     341
Institutions and Democracy     343
Supranational Institutions     344
Intergovernmental Institutions     344
Democracy in the European Union     345
Policies of the European Union     346
Internal Market Policy and Economic Issues     346
Monetary Policy     347
Agricultural and Environmental Policies     347
Justice and Home Affairs     350
Review     351
Key Concepts     353
Study Questions     353
Notes     353
The External Dimension of European Integration      357
Preview     357
Member Governments as a Measure of EU Foreign Policy Effect     358
Public Opinion as a Measure of EU Foreign Policy Effect     359
External Political Impact as a Measure of EU Foreign Policy Effect     364
Inaction as a Measure of EU Foreign Policy Effect     366
Effects of the European Union on Multilateral Functional Issues and Organizations     367
Effects of the European Union on Multilateral Security     369
Military Crisis Management     370
Police Action     373
Rule of Law, Border Patrol, Monitoring, and Other ESDP Missions     375
Effects of the European Union on Countries and Regions     377
Europe     377
Mediterranean Basin, Africa, and Middle East     380
Asia and the Western Hemisphere     383
Review     384
Key Concepts     385
Study Questions     385
Selected Readings     386
Notes     386
Conclusions     387
The European Union's First Half-Century     387
The European Union at the Intersection of Theory and Practice     388
Demystifying the European Union     389
Constructing and Deconstructing the European Union      389
The Importance of the European Union     390
Glossary     393
Index     397
About the Author     423
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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Awful

    Simply put: This book is awful. I have tried and cannot adequately put into words how bad it is. The author should be ashamed of himself for writing thi garbage. The book often times lists the same information twice which only confuses the reader and somehow manages to provide no actual insight into the subject. His sentence structure is unnecessarily verbose at best, and truly abhorrent at worst. Say nothing of the fact that the book has about 100 abbreviations the author uses liberally throughout the text with only the initial reference and a glossary of terms at the start of the book to denote meanings.

    Finally, the book is just incredibly short cited on subject matter and completely ignores certain areas of theory and scholarship with no clear reason as to why. This oversight is especially abhorrent when one remembers the author often includes the same information TWICE within a page of each other.

    Inexcusable and terrible.

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