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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.
|Pt. 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|
|Pt. 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|
|Pt. 3||The institutions and political actors of the European Union|
|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|
|Pt. 4||Policies and policy processes of the European Union|
|18||Agricultural policy and policy processes||455|
|20||National influences and controls on European Union processes||523|
|Pt. 5||Stepping back and looking forward|
|21||Conceptualising and theorising||545|
|22||Present realities and future prospects||578|
Posted June 14, 2009
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.