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In this fifth edition of the leading text in its field, Neill Nugent provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of the developments occuring in the European Union. As in earlier editions, this volume presents an introduction to the origins of the Union and provides detailed analysis of the powers involved, the influence and functioning of the EU's principal institutions and political actors, as well as perspectives on major policy interests and processes. Thoroughly revised and updated, the book contains extensive new material on such matters as the Treaty of Nice, Economic and Monetary Union, the Lisbon Strategy, security and defense policy, and EU enlargement.
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Editorial Reviews

European Access
In addition to being a core teaching text on the EU, the book provides a useful reference work for both academics and practitioners in the field.
Political Studies
Neill Nugent has once again supplied us with a definitive textbook on the institutions and politics of the European Union. . . . It is a masterful effort at explaining the inexplicable and at making the opaque transparent.
Journal Of Common Market Studies
This is by far the best teaching text on the European Community. . . .
West European Politics
Nugent manages throughout to convey the complexity of the EC system without confusing the reader. In short, it is an excellent book with which it is difficult to find fault.
Government and Opposition
Well organized, well researched, and clearly written. This book answers almost every factual question that the undergraduate is likely to ask about the existing organizational structure of the Community, and the judgements that the author offers from time to time are invariably sound and sensible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822322238
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Neill Nugent is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University. His numerous books include European Union Enlargement, The European Commission, and At the Heart of the Union.

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Table of Contents

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
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
Pt. 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
Pt. 5 Stepping back and looking forward
21 Conceptualising and theorising 545
22 Present realities and future prospects 578
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