What Kind of Europe? / Edition 1

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Overview

What Kind of Europe? pinpoints the crucial issues which will shape the future of the EU as an economic and political entity. It also highlights the key democratic choices to be made. Written by one of the world's leading scholars on European integration, this is an updated and expanded edition of the book which received much praise when it first came out in 2003.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
This is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of EU governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive, and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation that tries, sometimes rather acrobatically, to reconcile democracy and bureaucratic management, old nation-states and a sovereignty-restricting superstructure, and interdependence (in economic and monetary matters) and independence (in diplomatic and strategic ones). Tsoukalis, a professor of European organization at the University of Athens, provides a shrewd assessment of what has been accomplished so far in the realms of policy and institutions: a "political system without a state," built by an "elite-driven process," in which democracy and legitimacy are still mostly indirect. He discusses the winners and losers (redistribution has been limited, capital has fared better than labor), relations with the rest of the world (the "privileged partners," the difficulties of a common foreign policy), and the bewildering diversity of rules for common policies, of which "an economist from Mars would find ... hard to make any sense." He also provides a view of European monetary union ("the final and irrevocable confirmation of the reality ... of a unified European economy") and describes the troubles of enlargement ("a difficult product for politicians to sell to their electorates in the member countries," and in some applicant countries as well). Tsoukalis' conclusion notes the difficult tension between democracy and interdependence, the obstacles to building the EU into a global power, and the need for Europeans tobecome "more aware of the choices [these tasks] imply." He unfortunately does not fully cover the disturbing rift between the United States and several EU powers or the divisiveness caused by the Bush administration's policies in Iraq, but these are the only gaps in an admirable piece of work.
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"Extremely well-written, this book touches lightly and deftly on many of the internal and external pressure building as the EU proceeds along its path to an unknown destination. Thus, it is a book to be recommended to the general reader who does not wish to become enmeshed in the exquisite minutiae of EU history and policy. An excellent overview of the main economic policies of the EU—not in great detail, but sketching their origins and major evolutions. They contain a highly readable account of the EU's historical development that will be very informative for general readers. The exposition is complemented by a wealth of statistical data, intelligently presented, which lays out the broad economic trends of the past fifty years."—Political Science Quarterly

"This is not just one more book on the theory of European integration, nor a specialized study of the intricacies of E.U. governance and policymaking. It is, quite simply, the most readable, comprehensive and balanced account yet of an extraordinary experiment in interstate cooperation."—Foreign Affairs

"Loukas Tsoukalis... is an EU insider par excellence. He has managed to write a book about the European Union which takes on big questions and writes about them in clear and lively language.... all sides in the argument about the future of the European Union would profit from reading his book, which manages to summarise old arguments in a succinct and accessible way, while also introducing stimulating new ideas to the debate."—The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199266661
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What kind of Europe? 1
2 The gap between politics and economics - or, perception and reality 13
3 Winners and losers ... 44
4 ... and the rest of the world : Americans and others 67
5 Economic governance and policy choices 95
6 EMU : a unifying factor 142
7 Extending Pax Europea 167
8 What is at stake? 203
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