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Written by one of the premier scholars on the European Union and hailed as the best undergraduate text on the subject, this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Clear and comprehensive, it "demystifies" one of the world's most important and least understood institutions. Roy H. Ginsberg contextualizes European integration through the foundation blocks of history, law, economics, and politics. He then breaks the EU down into its components so that they can be understood individually and in relation to the whole. Reconstructing the EU as a single polity, Ginsberg evaluates the EU's domestic and foreign policies and their effects on Europeans and non-Europeans alike. The author thus challenges students to see what the European Union truly represents: a unique experiment in regional cooperation and a remarkable model of conflict resolution for the world's troubled regions.
Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Unity and Disunity
Chapter 2: Theory and Practice of Modern European Integration
Chapter 3: The Economic and Legal Foundations of the European Community
Part II: The European Union in Practice
Chapter 4: The Contexts and Actors of EU Governmental Decisionmaking
Chapter 5: Inside EU Governmental Decisionmaking
Chapter 6: The Outputs of EU Governmental Decisionmaking
Chapter 7: European Union Foreign Policy
Part III: Evaluating European Integration
Chapter 8: The Internal Dimension of European Integration
Chapter 9: The External Dimension of European Integration
Chapter 10: Conclusions
Posted January 25, 2010
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.