The European Union: Politics and Policies / Edition 5

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Overview


"Provides a richly detailed and clearly written guide to this complex political system that is both comprehensive and filled with analytical insight. It will be as useful and interesting to scholars of the EU as it is accessible to students."
David R. Cameron, Yale University

"The previous editions of John McCormick’s text on the European Union established it as a preeminent introductory book in the field. Its clear and concise style has made the text especially valuable for the American student who frequently lacks a background on the topic."
Brian Murphy, North Georgia College & State University

Covering the history, governing institutions, and policies of the European Union, John McCormick and Jonathan Olsen argue that the EU is one of the world’s economic and political superpowers, 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. Unlike most other books on the European Union, this text pays particular attention to the implications of the EU for the United States.

Thoroughly revised and updated, with many new tables, figures, and boxes, the fifth edition of The European Union takes into account developments in the debate about the character and significance of the EU, changes to the structure of EU institutions, the implications of the recent rounds of enlargement, the Lisbon Treaty, the origins and nature of the crisis in the Eurozone, and key policy developments.

John McCormick is Professor of European Union Politics and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of political science at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jonathan Olsen is a professor in the department of politics, philosophy, and law at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"One needn’t have a thorough grounding in EU issues to appreciate this title, which is directed to the U.S. market and covers details Americans may not know. Two professors cover all of the basics of EU processes and problems, and provide a strong study that will enhance any understanding of the history and current state of affairs of the EU."
The Midwest Book Review

Praise for previous editions:

"The previous editions of John McCormick’s text on the European Union established it as a preeminent introductory book in the field. Its clear and concise style has made the text especially valuable for the American student who frequently lacks a background on the topic. The third edition continues this tradition by providing penetrating updates on the EU’s enlargement and the recent transatlantic friction over Iraq."
Brian Murphy, co-director, European Union Center, University System of Georgia, and professor at North Georgia College & State University

"This is the best introductory text on the policies and politics of the EU that I have come across, being user-friendly, comprehensive, and representing very good value for money…It deserves to be widely adopted as essential course reading."
Political Studies

"Provides a richly detailed and clearly written guide to this complex political system that is both comprehensive and filled with analytical insight. It will be as useful and interesting to scholars of the EU as it is accessible to students."
David R. Cameron, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813348988
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 255,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


John McCormick is Professor of European Union Politics and Director of Graduate Studies in the department of political science at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jonathan Olsen is a professor in the department of politics, philosophy, and law at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

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Table of Contents


Contents:
Introduction

PART I: HISTORY
1 What Is the European Union?
Chapter Overview
The Role of the State
How Did the EU Evolve?
What Has the EU Become?
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

2 Origins: The Road from Paris
Chapter Overview
The Taming of Europe
Economic Reconstruction and the Marshall Plan
Security and the Cold War
Opening Moves: Coal and Steel (1950–53)
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

3 Emergence: To the Single Market and Beyond
Chapter Overview
From Paris to Rome (1955–58)
Integration Takes Root (1958–68)
The Role of the United States
Enlargement: Looking North and South (1960–86)
Toward Economic and Monetary Union (1969–93)
Completing the Single Market (1983–93)
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

4 Consolidation and Crisis:
Maastricht, Lisbon, and the Eurozone
Chapter Overview
From Community to Union (1970–93)
The Euro Arrives (1995–2002)
Changes to the Treaties: Amsterdam and Nice (1997–2001)
Shock Waves from Iraq (2003–05)
More Enlargement: Looking East (1994–2013)
From Lisbon to the Eurozone Crisis (2001–)
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

PART II: INSTITUTIONS
5 The European Commission
Chapter Overview
Evolution
Structure
How the Commission Works
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

6 The Council of the European Union
Chapter Overview
Evolution
Structure
How the Council Works
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

7 The European Parliament
Chapter Overview
Evolution
Structure
How Parliament Works
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

8 The European Court of Justice
Chapter Overview
Evolution
Structure
Sources of European Union Law
How the Court Works
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

9 The European Council and Other Institutions
Chapter Overview
Evolution
Structure
How the Council Works
Specialized Agencies
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

10 Representing Public Opinion
Chapter Overview
An Emerging European Identity
Referendums
European Elections
Political Groups
Interest Groups
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

PART III: POLICIES
11 Public Policy in the EU
Chapter Overview
The Policy Cycle
Features of the Policy Process
The Budget
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

12 Economic and Monetary Policy
Chapter Overview
The Single Market and Europe 2020
Justice and Home Affairs
The Euro
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

13 Cohesion and Other Internal Policies
Chapter Overview
Building a Level Playing Field
Social Policy
Education and Languages
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

14 Agricultural and Environmental Policy
Chapter Overview
Agricultural Policy
Environmental Policy
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

15 External Relations
Chapter Overview
Toward a Common Foreign Policy
Toward a Common Security Policy
Trade Policy
Developments in the Neighborhood: Eastern Europe and Russia
Relations with a Rising Power: EU–China Relations
Development Cooperation
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

16 The EU and the United States
Chapter Overview
The Changing International System
The Transatlantic Relationship
A Litany of Disputes
Explaining the Differences
Questions to Consider
Further Reading
Notes

Conclusions
Notes

Glossary
Appendix 1 Chronology of European Integration
Appendix 2 Sources of Information
Index

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