The definitive textbook on EU politics and governance, now in its 8th edition, has been thoroughly updated throughout to take into account the ongoing developments and evolution of the EU. Major changes, recent developments, and the major crises that have befallen the union in recent times are analysed within this context. This includes eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU.Acclaimed author and academic Neill Nugent has written a comprehensive text, enabling students with no prior knowledge of the EU to master the subject. By detailing the historical evolution of European integration, Nugent gives the necessary context to his exhaustive analysis of policies, process, institutions and treaties. This has grown to include two new chapters on Member State Relations and Interest Representation. The final section considers concepts and theories with EU studies, providing a succinct, accessible introduction to theory, which can be read as standalone chapters.
Completely redesigned and updated throughout with a new structure to increase readability and packed with numerous pedagogical features -document excerpts, case studies, maps figures - and supported by a fully stocked companion website with resources for both students and lecturers, this text is an essential for students new to EU studies.
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Table of Contents
1. Setting the Scene: The 'Crises', the Challenges and Their Implications for the Nature and Operation of the EU .- PART 1: THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION.- 2. The Post-War Transformation of Western Europe .- 3. The Creation of the European Community.- 4. The Deepening of the Integration Process .- 5. The Widening of the Integration Process.- PART 2: THE EVOLVING TREATY FRAMEWORK.- 6. From Rome to Nice.- 7. The Constitutional and Lisbon Treaties.- 8. Treaties and the Integration Process.- PART 3: THE INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ACTORS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.- 9. The Commission.- 10. The Council of the European Union.- 11. The European Council.- 12. The European Parliament.- 13. European Union Law and the EU's Courts.- 14. Other Institutions.- 15. Interests.- 16. The Member States.- PART 4: POLICIES AND POLICY PROCESSES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.- 17. Understanding EU Policies.- 18. Policy Processes.- 19. Making and Applying EU Legislation.- 20. Internal Policies.- 21. Agricultural Policy and Policy Processes.- 22. External Policies.- 23. The Budget.- PART 5: STEPPING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD.- 24. Conceptualising the European Union.- 25. Theorising European Integration and EU Politics.- 26. Conclusion: Present Realities and Future Prospects.- Chronology.- Guide to Further Reading.- Bibliography and References.
What People are Saying About This
Neill Nugent has once again supplied us with a definitive textbook on the institutions and politics of the European Union. However it is much more than this. It is an essential reference book for both the academic and practitioner... [and] a masterful effort at explaining the inexplicable and at making the opaque transparent. (Political Studies)
The book is well organized, well researched, and clearly written. It 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. (Government and Opposition)
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. (West European Politics)