The European Union: Politics and Policiesby John McCormick, Jonathan Olsen
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… See more details below
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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.
"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."
"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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