The Government and Politics of the European Union / Edition 6

The Government and Politics of the European Union / Edition 6

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by Neill Nugent, Neill Nugent, Nugent
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822338548

ISBN-13: 9780822338543

Pub. Date: 07/31/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The leading text in its field, The Government and Politics of the European Union offers a clear and comprehensive explanation of the historical development and ongoing evolution of the European Union (EU). As in previous editions, this sixth edition presents an account and analysis of the origins of the Union, the key treaties, the main institutions and

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The leading text in its field, The Government and Politics of the European Union offers a clear and comprehensive explanation of the historical development and ongoing evolution of the European Union (EU). As in previous editions, this sixth edition presents an account and analysis of the origins of the Union, the key treaties, the main institutions and political actors, and the EU’s policies and policy processes. The book, in short, explains where the EU has come from, what it now does, and how it does it.

There have been many developments within the European Union since the last edition of this volume. In May 2004, the EU increased in size from fifteen to twenty-five member states, and, in so doing, became a pan-European, rather than Western European, organization. The following month, national leaders reached agreement on the contents of the long-discussed and exhaustively negotiated Constitutional Treaty only to see the fruits of their labors rejected in 2005 by voters in France and the Netherlands. These are only the most obvious manifestations of a constantly evolving integration process addressed throughout the book. Every chapter has been extensively revised since the last edition.

The Government and Politics of the European Union also includes reflections on the conceptual and theoretical tools used to analyze the integration process and the EU, as well as on the factors likely to influence the Union’s future development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338543
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Documents xvii

Preface xix

List of Abbreviations xx

Map xxiv

PART 1: The Historical Evolution

1. The Transformation of Western Europe 5

2. The Creation of the European Community 36

3. The Evolution of the European Community and Union 48

4. From Western to Pan-European Integration 57

PART 2: The Evolving Treaty Framework

5. From Rome to Amsterdam 79

6. The Treaty of Nice 104

7. The Constitutional Treaty 116

8. Treaties and the Integration Process 129

PART 3: The Institutions and Political Actors of the European Union

9. The Commission 149

10. The Council of Ministers 191

11. The European Council 219

12. The European Parliament 240

13. European Union Law and the Courts 281

14. Other Institutions and Actors 311

PART 4: Policies and Policy Processes of the European Union

15. Policies 351

16. Policy Processes 392

17. The Budget 430

18. Agricultural Policy and Policy Processes 455

19. External Relations 483

20. National Influences and Controls on European Union Processes 523

PART 5: Stepping Back and Looking Forward

21. Conceptualising and Theorising 545

22. Present Realities and Future Prospects 578

Chronology 587

Guide to Further Reading 599

Bibliography 605

Index 619

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Svobodan More than 1 year ago
This book is used in 'European Union' studies. Why? Because it offers a comprehensive study of EU history, institutions, procedures, and debates. You should be able to find any issue concerning EU in this book, ranging from specific treaties to questioning democratic image of EU. The book is a relatively easy read. It follows a simple language, although you might want to be familiar with some federal systems to better understand role of certain institutions. The only down factor in this book is the dry content. In other words, it is very descriptive in character, rich in information, but lacking in analytical depth. I am not a big fan of 'comparative' studies, as I find 'width' of knowledge less useful than 'depth', but if you have a sincere interest in EU and its institutions and policies, you will have a much better understanding of it all after reading this.