Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction / Edition 6

Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction / Edition 6

by John McCormick
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1137362324
ISBN-13:
9781137362322
Pub. Date:
04/14/2014
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK

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Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction / Edition 6

The updated edition of this widely-acclaimed textbook introduces all aspects of European integration. It combines a clear and accessible thematic narrative with boxed summaries of a wide range of essential facts and figures. It is a comprehensive survey of all the major dimensions and implications of the EU, including history, politics, economics and institutional dynamics. This new edition has been systematically updated to cover major changes with an attention to clarity.

Author Biography: John McCormick is Associate Professor of Political Science, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianpolis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137362322
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 04/14/2014
Series: European Union Series
Edition description: 6th ed. 2014
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 720,650
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics at Indiana University, Indianapolis, and a past Fulbright-Schuman Chair in transatlantic relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

The author of twelve books and multiple book chapters and academic papers, his most recent publications include Europeanism (Oxford University Press, 2010), Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 3rd edition, 2012), Understanding the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 6th edition, 2014), European Union Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2015), and Comparative Government and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 10th edition, 2016).

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Tables, Figures and Mapsvii
List of Abbreviationsix
Introductionxi
Acknowledgementsxv
1What is the European Union?1
The international system2
Levels of cooperation6
The logic of integration12
Regional integration around the world18
Conclusions27
2The Idea of Europe29
The changing nature of Europe30
Where is Europe?38
Europe today41
Conclusions54
3The Evolution of the EU56
Domestic and international background57
First steps towards integration (1945-58)63
Deepening and widening (1958-86)68
Economic and social integration (1979-92)72
From Community to Union (1992-)76
Conclusions82
4The Institutions of the EU84
A constitution for Europe85
The European Commission88
The Council of Ministers95
The European Council99
The European Parliament103
The European Court of Justice109
Conclusions113
5The EU and the Member States115
The changing powers of the member states116
Reducing regional differences122
Improving environmental quality128
An emerging European civil society132
The changing character of the EU135
Conclusions139
6The EU and its Citizens141
The democratic deficit142
The people's Europe149
Social policy156
Improving accountability162
Conclusions165
7Economic Integration167
The single market168
Effects of the single market173
The common agricultural policy180
Inside the euro zone186
Conclusions191
8The EU and the World193
Building a European foreign policy194
Towards a European defence policy200
Europe as an economic superpower204
Relations with the United States209
Relations with eastern Europe212
Development cooperation214
Conclusions218
AppendixA Chronology of European Integration, 1944-2002220
Sources of Further Information223
Bibliography226
Index233

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'[A] very useful text...Among hundreds...about the phenomenon of European integration, this book stands out as one that really tackles the complexity of the economic, political and legal systems of the EU succinctly.' - Giedrius Surplys, Journal of European Affairs

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